The Sauras are one of the most primitive tribes of Orissa, but also one of the most dynamic and colourful. Like many tribal cultures all over the world, the art of the Sauras draws inspiration from their belief that the world is peopled by a great company of Gods, as well as spirits of nature and their ancestors. It is a means of worship and invocation. These paintings are created on the village walls. After washing the wall with fresh red earth and water to provide a good background, the painter uses a twig as a brush and pigments made from rice, ash, chalk or lime. The general format of the work is the form of a house in a rectangular or square space.