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Rakandar AncestralGoa Bigfoot Rakandar

The predominance of the rural culture in olden times meant more villages and thickly forested areas. Lack of transport as we know it, meant people had to travel on foot. This exposed them to the dangers common then like dacoity, man eaters like tigers or even the "evil ghost".

There was a belief that each area was protected by a guardian angel "Rakandar - who, if invoked would protect and save the unwary traveller.

This Goan lore lent credence to the faith of travellers who for goodwill and protection left offerings of fruits and flowers at the lamp-site, which was an iron structure having seven lamps.

These sites are normally found at the borders of townships and villages. Another unusual sight was the offering of clay horses in thanksgiving for a safe journey.

The Shepherd - Krish Ancestral Goa Bigfoot The Shepherd - Krish

The dhangers were nomads who traveled around with their herd of goats, and maintained a close relationship with the Goan Konkani peasants. After the end of the 'rabbi' season, which is the farming period practiced during the monsoons, the dhangers would bring their animals to the cultivated lands, and the peasants would welcome them. As the dhangers' herds grazed in these freshly harvested fields, they also fertilized the soil, with their manure. In this way, the fields were ready for the next farming period (or 'karif' season) so the dhangers and Konkani peasants lived in a sort of symbiotic relationship.

The shepherd Krish takes the herd out for grazing along the hillside, is seen taking rest.

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Dovornem AncestralGoa Bigfoot Dovornem

The load bearers weren't always animals in Goa - like oxen. People, labourers and the like, carried baskets laden with goods from one village to the next. This journey on foot often took a day or more. These laterite posts called "Dovornem", like milestones, dotted the paths at regular intervals, placed sufficiently close, enabled the weary traveller to unload his burden, rest and then proceed. The ingenious height and width necessitated no bending or lifting even.

Pergaokar Ancestral Goa Bigfoot Pergaokar (Town crier)

When there was a death in the village, the drummer boy went around with a bell wearing a loose white gown. He tolled the bell as he want around the village and announced the name of the dead person & the time of funeral.


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