Sidis were originally the habitants of the forests of
Africa. The whites caught hold of them and sold them
to European countries as slaves.
differences of opinions about when and how the Sidis
came to India and who brought them to this country.
According to one such theory, the Portuguese might
have brought them to India as slaves. There are some
references of Sidis in the colonies of Portuguese.
Sidis are found near the Gir forests in Saurashtra
have followed Muslim culture and they practice Islam.
They are dark blacks in complexion; their lips are
very thick nosing flat and their hair are curly. The
Sidis are not particular about their attire. Males put
on a shirt, a trouser, a coat etc. Sidi women wear a
simple dress of a Gujarati lady. The special feature
of a Sidis is their ‘Dhamal dance’. The Sidis perform
dhamal choral dance with many musical instruments and
noises of ‘how wow’. The forest culture is evident in