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People of Bompuka and Minyuk, Teressa island, Andaman and Nicobar islands.

The people of Bompuka and Teressa island have various customs and traditions that the researcher tried to document through her ethnographic research.

In the Teressa island region, there is a shrine of Miluana (shaman) and Capt Ram Kishen (at Ramzau, Kamrota), who is beleived to have lived through the Japanese occupation of the islands. The skull of Ram Kishen has been placed inside the statue. Seen here is Miluana Pikka at work in Minyuk village of Teressa island.

In the Teressa island region is also Bompuka island. Seen here is a traditional headgear called Kahawat (protective head gear). The pictures also demonstrate pumon performed by D.Kephus. The kahawat's lower fringe is made from the outer husk of the coconut. It is used to protect the back and the sides of the head. There is a protective cover for the forehead as well and is mostly used in the stick fighting contest, paiyuah.

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with the support of
Vasant J Sheth Memorial Foundation, and
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