Occupying a variety of zones, from mediterranean to rain-forest, they take a variety of appearances, from olive in the north to a caramel in the south. Northerners also lack epicanthic folds which Garo of the south have. Hair colour is predominantly black with browns & dark reds also seen in the north.
Society & Culture
The Garo have a generally matrilineal society, with the mother being considered head of the household and the father being subservient to the mother's family. Children however, are raised comunally with all members of the tribe or village assisting in the care of one family's progeny. A village is often headed by the oldest female (known as the Kodeci) whose duties also include leading religious rites and giving sacrifices to the spirits (known as Renibe). In regards to religion, being a primitive peoples they do not have religion in the modern sense of the word, but are pagan animists believing that all things have a spirit (Renibe) from the rocks to the trees to the moon in the sky.
The main tool of the hunter-gatherer societies of the south is the xo, which is a short, spear-like weapon measuring only about a meter and a quarter used for hunting the various forest game prowling the area. In the more agriculturalised north however the primary tool is the rudimentary hoe, or xoki.
The Northern Garo wear necklaces made of beaded elements that signify their attunement to the natural spirits. Although originally composed of stone, wood, and animal hide, some Garo have opted for metallic variants brought by merchants from Olneůik.
The Garo speak a primitive language, termed proto-Garo for consistency, that holds an agglutanitive structure with head-finalness & SOV word order. See Proto-Garo Language