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Haat Bazaars of Chattisgarh

Barter system continued in the days of e-commerce
The haat bazaars of Chhattisgarh are more than just the business centers. These happen once a week. The tribal people gather in the market to trade their products and to buy their food supplies for the week. The primitive system of exchange of goods or the barter system is prevalent in the markets and most of the dealings are conducted in the traditional fashion. All types of goods are sold in the haat bazaar of Chhattisgarh. The goods comprise of food products, cattle, clothes and accessories. The ornament made by the tribal village women folk can also be bought from the haat bazaar. The government run mobile clinic provides free medical services at Haat Bazaar and shows its interest in conserving this traditional practice of Haat Bazzar in tribal villages.

The Chhattisgarh Haat bazaars have gained the status of a community gathering & the tribal folk enjoy conversation over here. A visit to the haat bazaar of Chhattisgarh gives the glimpse of the primitive social and commercial lifestyle of the tribal people. There are more than 200 haats in Chhattisgarh.

It's colourful, friendly and fun. Villagers gather her to socialize over a cup of landa (rice beer), salphi (the sap of fish-leaf sago-palm) or mahua ( the local brew, very heady ); sell their (agricultural or forest) produce, from salt to tribal jewellery to live red ants; and buy supplies for the week ahead.

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