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I SHOT IT AT TOTOPARA IN JALPAIGURI DISTRICT.(WEST BENGAL,INDIA).LENS=135MM.Sorry for the loss of details cause its a scanned one..They were belongs to TOTO tribe...
The Toto is a primitive Indo-Bhutanese tribe residing in a small enclave called Totopara in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India. .Totopara lies 22 km from Madarihat, the entrance of the famous Jaldapara National Park. So, we can safely assume that the Totos live near the northern edges of this forest.
Anthropologists agree that the Toto culture and language is totally unique to the tribe, and is clearly distinguished from the neighbouring Rajbongshis, Koch or the Bhutanese Sharchop tribes.
Totos were nearly becoming extinct in the 1950s, but recent measures to safeguard their areas from being swamped with outsiders have helped preserved their unique heritage and also helped the population grow. In the 2001 census, they numbered about 1184 - all living in Totopara.
Totos don't generally have more than one wife living. After their wife's death, they can marry the deceased wife's younger sister, but a woman cannot marry her deceased husband's brother. On the death of a spouse, the husband or wife has to remain single for twelve months before they can remarry again. There is no custom of divorce among the Totos.
***AND ONE GOOD NEWS TO SAY THAT IN THIS YEAR ONE TOTO GIRL JUST PASSED 12TH STANDARD***
BY COURTESY;-WIKIPEDIA.

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