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Transcript of DROPKA
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The Drokpa people are self sufficient and because of the area they live in is a very fruitful area so they grow Barley and Wheat and other fruits and vegetables. Also it is a great tourist attraction where people come to see the Drokpas because they believe that they are descendants of Alexander the great.
They are mostly Buddhist and wear flowers on their heads to make their gods happy.
They believe that the Gods and humans used to live together in harmony and it was broken. So now they have a festival to celebrate the separation of the gods and humans and when they dance they believe that one day they will come together. They also don't shower because they believe that it will wash off their luck
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The Dropka's indulge in public kissing and wife swapping time to time they have groups of women and men from the tribe line up and kiss openly.
They are fond of music, dancing, flowers and drinking barely wine.Their culture is reflected in the way they dress and the ornaments that are worn particularly at festivals such as the summer Bonano festival, in this festival both women and men dance for three nights in a row.
The males wear a large woolen dress held at the waist. and women on special occasions wear woolen dresses and adorn themselves with shells beads and silver jewelery.
In India there are a total of 645 district tribes and within Jammu and Kashmir where the Drokpas are from there are 12 indigenous tribes.
Some Drokpas who have money moved away to near by towns to make money and live better lives.
There are around 2,500 Drokpas living in the villages in the Dha-Hanu valley of Ladakh, this is situated in Jammu and Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan.
High in the Himalayan mountains
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The Dropka are know for maintaining an insular community and unique features, maintained by marrying only within the community, and for their colorful ceremonial costumes, which have been passed down through the generations.
The valley of Dha Hun lies 163 km south west of Leh the capital of the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh.
Anthropologists have identified the Drokpa people as the only authentic people who have descended from the Aryans left on India.
- The Drokpas were a group of soldiers from Alexanders army who lost their way while returning to Greece after having been defeated by the indian king Porus.
- the Dropka have descended from Dards an Aryan tribe that centuries ago moved into western Ladakh from the hindukush mountains and settles in Dha Du because of the fertile land
Ladakh’s climate can get a little extreme – the summers can get a little harsh with direct sunlight falling at such a high altitude and winters can be really cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing point.
May, June, July and August is the best time to go visit because the weather is gets to a high about 16-21 degrees and the nights can be about 7 degrees. this is when ladakh is filled tourists. The other months it can get very cold.
Drokpas only get married within their community
and on the day a man gets married to a woman, he inherits all the land and the wife becomes the wife of all brothers and that way they all keep the land and is not divided between anyone.