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The Man Village is the setting from Disney's 1967 feature film, The Jungle Book, its 2003 sequel, and its 2016 remake.

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The Man Village's entrance.

The Man Village is a small human settlement located at the edge of the Seoni jungle in the Madhya Pradesh region of India, during the British rule. Not much is known about the village itself or its history, but it is implied that it was built not too long before Mowgli was discovered by Bagheera, as humans are a very rare sight in the jungle. As The Jungle Book takes place in 1894, all the buildings are made of stone and with thatched roofs as was with most rural 19th century Indian villages that were untouched by the British Empire.

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A daily life in the Man Village.

The Man Village is depicted as a humble community led by Ranjan's father and populated mainly by peasants, woodcutters and hunters, and relies mainly on agriculture. The village appears to have gender roles, as women are expected to maintain households while men provide for their families and protect the village from wild animals. Despite that, the village does not appear to be a complete patriarchy, most likely due to the meekness of the community, as there is little to no cultural preference for sons over daughters and women were allowed to join the search party when Mowgli, Shanti and Ranjan were lost in the jungle in The Jungle Book 2. Unlike many Indian communities at the time, the Man Village does not emphasize on arranged marriages. This is evidenced by Messua and Ranjan's father admitting that they married for love and despite Mowgli's higher social status as the son of the village leader, his family approves of his love for Shanti, despite her status a peasant girl.

Because the Man Village lacks formal education, the children are mainly laborers and are educated by their parents with the skills and knowledge they need to know. Unlike the adults, the children are not subjected to gender roles when it comes to chores, as evidenced by Mowgli and Shanti doing the same chores and Shanti being tasked with helping Mowgli learning work ethics and and guiding him through the work hours shortly after he arrived at the village.

The fashion in the village resembles that of typical rural communities of south- and central India (and southern Asia). The men often wear turbans, kurdas and dhoti. There are also some men who simply wear dhoti pants and sandals. The women are dressed very modestly, usually wearing saris and headscarfs and wealthy women, such as Messua, often wear jewelry. The children wear simpler clothing. Girls usually wear lehenga skirts and choli tops and often with red bindi on their foreheads, a symbol of their Hindu faith. While boys commonly wear dhotis and kurdas, though many simply wear dhotis, langots or other types of loincloth.

Unlike in the books, where many villagers were superstitious, the Man Village in the films is accepting of newcomers. As evidenced by their willingness to take in Mowgli, even though he was not born in the village.

Trivia

  • In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, players can access textureless maps of the Jungle Book world through the use of a cheat device, including King Louie's throne room (which is the only one with textures).
  • There appear to be large hills or mountains behind the village.
  • In the book, the Man Village is the first village Mowgli goes to to after his banishment from the wolf pack. He is taken in by Messua and her husband, who believe Mowgli to be their long-lost son Nathoo. However, after seeing Mowgli interact with Bagheera, the superstitious hunter Buldeo concludes that Mowgli is an evil sorcerer and poisons the villagers against him. Messua and her husband are sentenced to execution for sheltering Mowgli, who enlists the elephants to destroy the village in order to save his foster parents.

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Media
Animated Films: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book 2Video

Live Action Films: Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's StoryThe Jungle BookThe Jungle Book 2
TV Series: Jungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book Groove PartyThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Wild AdventureThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Run
Music: SoundtrackMore Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli
Books: The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack

Disney Parks
Animated film: Disney's Explorers LodgeDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldRhythm of the Jungle

Live action: Disney Movie MagicThe Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's BelieveDisney's WishesDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Festival of Family & FriendsHakuna Matata Time Dance PartyIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsJourney into the Jungle BookMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnRivers of Light: We Are OneSuper Duper Jumpin' TimeThe Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical AdventureThe Jungle Book Jive
Restaurants: Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterMickey's Mix MagicTree of Life Awakens
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters
Original: MowgliBalooBagheeraKing LouieShere KhanKaaColonel HathiWinifredHathi, Jr.Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzyAkelaRamaShantiRakshaWolf PupsJungle PatrolFlunkeyBandar-log

Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui
Sequel: RanjanRanjan's fatherMessuaShanti's motherLucky
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Grey BrotherNathooKitty BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaibourneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyBuldeoTabaquiLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraBenny and ClydeNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainDholesWinifred's UncleMcCoyDictator TurtleWhitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry

Locations
JungleAncient RuinsMan VillageIndiaAsia
Episodes
Season One: "A Night in the Wasteland" • "How the Panther Lost His Roar/The Humans Must Be Crazy" • "Hathi Meets His Match/Buffaloed" • "Mondo Mungo/Bare Necessities" • "Who Wants to Be a Baboon?" • "Red Dogs" • "The Great Kaadini" • "Hulla Baloo/Shere Bliss" • "Treasure of the Middle Jungle" • "Feather Brains/Benny & Clyde" • "Splendor in the Mud" • "Trouble in the Jungle/Fool Me Once..." • "The Coming of the Wolves"

Season Two: "The Ape Who Would Be King" • "Trunks for the Memories/Kasaba Ball" • "Hathi's Makeover/Curse of the Magnificent Melon" • "The Five Bananas/Birthday Snake" • "Old Green Teeth/The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" • "Hair Ball/A Tail of Two Tails" • "Waiting for Baloo/Tree for Two" • "Nice Tiger/Sleepless in the Jungle"

Songs
Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" • "The Bare Necessities" • "I Wan'na Be Like You" • "Trust in Me" • "That's What Friends are For" • "My Own Home"

Deleted: "Brothers All" • "The Song of the Seeonee" • "Monkey See, Monkey Do" • "I Knew I Belonged to Her" • "In A Day's Work" • "The Mighty Hunters" • "I've Got You Beat" • "Braver"
More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" • "Jungle Fever" • "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" • "It's a Kick"
Jungle Cubs: "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" • "Jungle Cub Love" • "Everything's Gonna Be Right with the World"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" • "Join the Ranks" • "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" • "A Mood for Food" • "We Are the Vultures" • "Run" • "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" • "W-I-L-D" • "Right Where I Belong"

See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare NecessitiesWho Framed Roger RabbitTaleSpinHouse of MouseDisney's Jungle Boogie
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