Forests and Faith: Exploring the Sacred Significance of the Forest in the Religious Traditions of the Ho Tribe in West Singhbhum, India

The indigenous people’s religion is inextricably linked to the forest environment. In their eyes, the forest is deified, and revered as a sacred entity. Their unwavering devotion lies to the natural world, which they hold in the highest esteem. Their religious rituals and activities helped to conserve natural resources. For their survival, the bulk of tribal people in India lives in close proximity to forests. The forests are not just a physical landscape for them, but an omnipresent force that shapes their very existence. From their livelihoods to their spiritual beliefs, the forests influence every facet of their lives, like a vital heartbeat that pulsates throughout their culture. They rely on the forest for their survival, gathering food, timber, implements, and other resources that serve a variety of purposes. The forest provides them with a wealth of natural wealth, which they use skillfully to meet their daily needs. They think that their forebears’ souls can be found in many locations across the forest and other aspects of nature. Bushes, hillocks, trees, animals, birds, sacred groves, and other natural objects are all revered. The current research examines the importance of forests in religious activities and festivals among the Ho people in the West Singhbhum region of Jharkhand State in India.