The print depicts a deity from Bhil mythology. The Bagh Dev, translating to ‘Lion God’ roams around the borders of the village. By doing so, it protects the village. The Bhil community believes that no one can enter or exit the peripheries of the village without the permission of the Bagh Dev. Thus, Bhil custom dictates that one should always worship Bagh Dev before entering or exiting the village. This ensures a smooth and productive work day.
The Bhil tribe is an ethnic group inhabiting the Western part of Central India. Well over 1.5 million live as marginal farmers in almost 2000 villages. The members of the Bhil tribe possess a vast array of rich customs and traditions. Their "pointilist" tradition is inspired by the kernels of maize—the Bhil’s staple crop—each group of dots have multiple layers of symbolism. Stories, prayers, ancestors, memories and traditions are skillfully painted into a symphony of multihued and rhythmic dots.