Hey guys, today we are going to a very unique site. We are going to a tribal temple. I have shown you hundreds of temples but there are temples which are still used by tribes of India. And we are going to look at a specific tribe called the Todas.
As you can see this is a weird looking spire and this is one of the temples of the Todas. Let’s go take a look and see what’s up there but I have to take off my shoes because this is holy grounds. The Toda temples are shrouded in mystery. They come from pre-historic times and Thodas are still a very primitive tribe. There is only about 1500 of them, alive. They do not interact with the outside world. And their temples are very secretive.
What is inside these temples? Why are they maintained in such a secretive manner? As you can see this is the entrance and it is blocked with a rock and I am going to try and see what is inside. I am not able to open this. What could possibly be inside that is so secretive? So you can see this is not opening. I am trying to open this.. What could possibly be inside?
Let me see if I can find an opening where I can show you what’s inside. This has never been seen by anybody outside the Todas. I don’t see any openings I can use to show you what’s inside this temple. So what else is there? Is there anything? This is .. There is a hole. And it looks like it is going in really deep. But there is no light. Let me see… I have no idea what’s inside. … But it is really deep and I don’t have enough lights to show you what’s inside. What could possibly be inside?
Why have the tribes maintained these temples in complete secrecy? There must be something very important here. But we don’t know what it is? And I am not able to find it. Some claim that Thodas worship aliens. Some claim there are underground chambers beneath the Toda temples. The thoda temples have been very mysterious places for many centuries. Some claim there are no idols inside Toda temples. Others claim there are 2 idols inside Thoda temples and these 2 idols look like Grey Aliens. There are 2 Gods worshipped by Thodas. One of them is called Pithi and there is another god who is the son of Pithik, known as Aan. According to Thodas the God Pithik created all of Humanity.
Todas have strange customs. Thodas practice something called Polyandry. Now what is polyandry? It is almost the opposite of Polygamy. Now, in Polygamy a husband usually has multiple wives and modern-day sociologists and anthropologists think that this is somehow an oppressive male chauvinistic practice. But Todas practice something called polyandry where a single woman is allowed to have multiple husbands. In fact, a typical Toda woman is allowed to marry even her husband’s brothers.
Toda’s marriage practices are very strange indeed. A typical Toda couple should have a ‘live-in’ relationship for at least a year and make sure the girl gets pregnant for at least about .. she should be about 6 months pregnant before the priest can .. their marriage. So, the couple will not get married unless the girl gets pregnant.
Now, even though the marriage practices give a lot of preference to women, women are not allowed to go into the Toda temples. In fact, I am standing inside the outer fence of a Thoda temple, but none of the Toda women are even allowed to come beyond this fence. It is said that women can be very emotional and they can get very curious and end up going inside the temple and see what is inside. To prevent them from getting curious, and actually looking at what’s inside the temple, Thoda community have prevented all women from going beyond this outer circumference.
Guys, as you can see this another temple of the Todas. But we are not at all allowed to go inside. Thodas claim that their houses, the rainbow shaped houses, are modelled after the home of their god Pithi. Now, some people claim that there is a cave in this area which is still considered the home of God Pithik. Is it possible that there is still a cave, where the god Pithi actually came from? Thodas live in rainbow shaped huts known as Munds. A typical mund would be 10 feet tall, 18 feet long and 9 feet wide.
Thodas have strange social customs also. A youngster would have to fall on his knees and bow in front of an elder. And an elder would typically take his right leg and put it on top of the youngster’s head. As you can see.. this monument, this thoda monument, has some inscriptions, and here we can see the letter aum in Tamil. The thodas speak a very different language. It is very similar to the ancient language of Tamil but it is not Tamil. As you can see, they still have writings which are in Tamil.
So how do the Todas survive in modern days? Believe it or not, Thodas still do not use money. They only use barter system. Every Thodas family at least a dozen buffalos.. water buffalos. And they get dairy products and milk from these buffalos and exchange it with other communities where they can get rice and other vegetables. This is how they still survive. Most of them still do not use any form of money.