Honey hunting as an activity is ingrained within the Adivasi culture. The activity symbolizes a binding element amongst them, as elaborate rituals and ceremonies bring together members of the community into a communal display of goodwill.
The art of honey hunting is embellished in folklore; traditions, songs, myths and stories, carried out both before, during and after the honey harvesting. These intricate rituals are crucial to the community, as they believe that honey hunting is an activity favoured by the gods. Rituals that are not followed properly are believed to provoke unnatural events.
These legends and traditions have their utility. First, they reaffirm the hunter’s ecosystem-centric respect towards his immediate environment and seek to make him a part of the greater complex of nature and not a competitor to it. Secondly, these legends preserve an age-old system of community monitoring which seeks to cause minimum damage to the ecosystem and regard all life as sacrosanct. Thirdly, folklore and traditions signify the prominent place of honey hunting in the socio-cultural milieu of the Adivasi way of life.