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Village in India is dominated by weird names

By T.K. Randall
February 29, 2016 · Comment icon 8 comments

The local people used to live in the forest before being forced in to urban areas. Image Credit: PD - NagaSindu
A peculiar naming ritual has produced a plethora of unusual monikers including Google and Coffee.
The village, which can be found in India's Karnataka region, is home to the Hakki Pikki tribal community who have taken to naming their children after random objects, people and places.

The result is an undeniably baffling assortment of names ranging from Military and Glucose to English, Congress and even High Court. Other peculiar names include One By Two, British, and taking the earlier law-based moniker a little further - Supreme Court.

There are also villagers named after countries such as Japan and America.
According to KM Metri from the department of tribal studies at Hampi University, the tribe had originally lived in the forest and used to name their children after natural things around them.

"Following the political turmoil and change in regimes, they got dispersed in different regions of South India," he said. "By the 20th century , the association with crime made the tribe want to hide their identity. They started giving their children weird names like the Pistol, British etc."

"They speak a unique language which doesn't have a script. So their kids don't have an education associated with their culture. And the modern education system doesn't understand them. This is the reason why we see most dropouts in the community . Various Acts, including the Forest Act, have restricted their entry into forests. They are struggling and losing their cultural practices."

Source: Scoop Whoop | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
"Various Acts, including the Forest Act, have restricted their entry into forests. They are struggling and losing their cultural practices" ... this story went from being cute to a little sad for me ...
Comment icon #2 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
"Various Acts, including the Forest Act, have restricted their entry into forests. They are struggling and losing their cultural practices" ... this story went from being cute to a little sad for me ... Same here. That made it really sad ...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kleng 8 years ago
It's always sad whenever tribes lose their homes and cultures.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ashyne 8 years ago
Anyone named "Unexplained Mystery" if they didn't know who their parents are?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 8 years ago
Experts are baffled
Comment icon #6 Posted by Goodnite 8 years ago
Sounds the names are a lot like inner-city names here in America. Once had a basketball player named Scientific Map.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RedOctober 8 years ago
A village of reincarnated cats.
Comment icon #8 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 8 years ago
Would like to visit India but am always tight on budget. My god I just love dirt streets! N riding around in a motorcycle..


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