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Bhils are a tribal people of Central Indiamarker. They speak Bhil languages, a group of Indic languages.

Bhils are a scheduled tribe in the states of Gujaratmarker, Madhya Pradeshmarker, Chhattisgarhmarker, Maharashtramarker, and Rajasthanmarker in western and central India, as well as in Tripuramarker in far-eastern India, on the border with Bangladeshmarker.

Bhils are also settled in Tharparkar district of Sindhmarker in Pakistanmarker.

The Ghoomar dance is one well-known aspect of Bhil culture.

In feudal and colonial times, many Bhils were employed by the ruling Rajputs in various capacities, e.g. as Shikari because of their knowledge of the terrain. Many had even become warriors in armies. They were in the Mewar army of Maharana Pratap Singh and like Chhatrapati Shivaji, were experts in guerilla warfare which the Mughals had so much trouble handling. Today, there is a Mewar Bhil Corps.'

In Hindu Mythology, popular Bhil figures are Shabari, who offered Rama and Laxmana half-eaten Ber (berries) fruit when they were searching for Sita Devi in the forest. Maharishi Matanga was another Hindu Bhil sage who became a Brahmana.

It is noteworthy that Lord Rama appears in a Bhil myth where there has been a flood that wiped out humanity and Rama suggests how it can be repopulated.

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Image:Jhabua tribe2.JPG|Bhil tribal girls in JhabuamarkerImage:Jhabua tribe.jpg|A Bhil tribe in Jhabua forests


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