Ayyadevara Konda villagers bury dead in front of house: Ever imagine a village without a designated burial place? Here is a village in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh where people bury their dear departed just in front of their houses and build a tomb over it. Not only that, the tomb is made into a worship place for the residents. Not a single day passes by without them offering meal to the tombs in front of their houses.
Ayyadevara Konda Villagers Bury Dead In Front Of House @ Kurnool
“The love for the dear ones continues even after their demise. This is a custom that has been handed to us,” says Muthamma, a 50 year old women. This peculiar custome is followed in a small hamlet of 100 houses at Ayyadevara Konda also known as I. Konda in Gonegandla mandal under Yemmiganur constituency.
Raju, a daily labourer from the village, said that the village has been a homogenous dwelling place for Mala Dasari community for generations, Marriages are conducted among its own village members, No outside alliance is allowed, he maintained. Yet another peculiarity of this village is that they prefer to sleep on the floor of the house. Use of cots is shunned by the villagers. Muthamma narrates a story where the village was under coercion by a landlord from a nearby village, Nalla Reddy.
Ayyadevara Konda Villagers Bury Dead In Front Of House
When he was not given a cot as a dowry at the time of marriage, he passed an oral ordinance to all villagers not to sleep on cots. And down the ages it has been followed. Even pregnant women sleep on the floor and deliver on the floor, she said. But of late, some people are using piped cots, signalling a deviation.
The village has a temple where Nalla Reddy and Gangamma, two splinter gods are worshipped.
When asked why people of other communities do not live here, the villagers said that some time back two Walmiki Boya community people came there and started living. But mysteriously they suffered from unknown diseases and left the village.
It is the village for Mala Dasaris as we are under the protection of splinter gods, added Raju.
What about youngsters going for studies outside and falling in love with their someone there? Yes, there were instances of some youths from the village who brought girls of their choice but villagers forced them to live at a distant place.
Note 1: Tombs are built in front of house to bury the departed and offer food every day
Note 2: ONLY THE MALA Dasari community people live in the village.
Note 3: ANOTHER PECULARITY Of this village is that they prefer to sleep on the floor of the house.
Note 4: USE OF Cots is shunned by the villagers.