You Will Be Surprised To Know The Origin Of Word ‘Thug’ And Its Connection With Maa Kali
“I didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose me”
This one quote has taken rounds on every real and wannabe gangsta’s Facebook or Snapchat. It is a trend and a whole new attitude people find cool these days. Thug life videos are a favourite among internet junkies looking for their humour fix. But did you ever think where did this term come from?
No, no, no! It is not Tupac if that’s what you are thinking. Surprisingly, it comes from India. During the times of British India, certain kind of group of looters would travel extensively, and along the way befriend people to rob and strangle later. These active groups were called ‘thuggee’. Stealing, killing and all kinds of violent activities were associated with this word. Thuggee meant the act of hiding/concealing, and it comes from Sanskrit. Thuggee became a cult based on the worship of Maa Kali.
The word gained popularity through British rulers who witnessed the notorious groups in England. Mark Twain used the word in his book and made it popular in America. Hip-hop adopted the word and Tupac got it tattooed. “Thug” became a heavily loaded word as it absorbed the inflicted cultural context. “Thugs” were everyone from unruly soccer fans to people involved in race riots.
Now, popularly, the word is understood by its hip-hop connotations which explain ‘thug’ as someone who has gone through a lot of struggle and continues to wrestle with daily life situations. Commonly, a thug is misunderstood to be a criminal. However, if we go by what hip-hop suggests, when a person finally succeeds, his/her life is tagged as “thug life”. Seems like the journey of this word has been as eventful as the act of thuggery. It has been robbed of its original meaning along the way from the 14th century to 21st century.