November 24, 2022

Exploring Jambur, India’s mini African village

Jambur village in Gujarat is like any other village in India. Did you know it is also known as an African village? Well, for centuries this place has served as a home for the Siddi communities who are people of African descent.

They are believed to have first arrived in India in the 7th century and more came as part of the Arab invasion. While some were sailors and merchants, others were brought to India as slaves.

These people now call India their home, with no memory of the African language. So if you visit this place they will speak to you in plain Gujarati. If the reports are to be believed, they are the direct descendants of the Bantu tribe, and most of them were brought to India as slaves by the Portuguese.

They were originally known as Abyssinians and Persians, while the tribes that rose in rank were given the title of Siddi. According to records, the name Siddi is derived from the Arabic word Sayyid/Sayed, which means master.

You can find members of this community in the village of Jambur, located about 20 km from Gir and easily accessible by car.

One interesting thing to note about this community is that they strictly intermarry, therefore their genes remain limited within their community. This is the reason why they have that unique African look and appearance. However, in terms of tradition, they generally follow Gujarati traditions and have mostly forgotten their ancestral traditions.

  1. Why is Gujarat famous for tourism?
    There are a variety of historical forts, palaces, mosques, temples and places of historical significance in India’s independence struggle in Gujarat, due to which it is famous for tourism.
  2. Which district has the largest forest area in Gujarat?
    The largest number of open forests is found in Dahod district.
  3. How many national parks are there in Gujarat?
    The state of Gujarat in western India has four national parks.