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The Warli or Varli are an Indian Scheduled Tribe. The word Warli is derived from warla, meaning "piece of land" or "field". The Warli carry on a tradition stretching back to 2500 or 3000 BC. Use a only a circle, a triangle and a square for the paintings. The circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle represents mountains and pointed trees. Square is a invented by warlis.Human and animal bodies are represented by two triangles joined at the tip; the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. The ritual paintings are usually done inside the huts. The walls are made of a mixture of branches, earth and cow dung, making a red ochre background for the wall paintings.The Warli use only white for their paintings. Their white pigment is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding. They use a bamboo stick chewed at the end to make it as supple as a paintbrush. The wall paintings are done only for special occasions such as wedd…