Siddis

Siddis are descendants of African slaves found in India. They are found in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Goa. Slaves were brought to India during the fifteenth through the nineteenth century, by both Arab and Portuguese traders. In 1510, the Portuguese brought slaves to Goa, who were used mostly as domestics. These slaves would flee into the forest areas and form communities. In January 8, 2003 Siddis, were classified under the list of Scheduled Tribe by the Indian government, a recognition of their special status. Siddis connection to Africa can be seen in dance and music. Goma, a musical genre reflects African roots. They don't marry outside their ethnic group, so they have preserved African physical traits.

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