Bhotia

Who are they? The Bhotia or Bhotiya are an occupational caste of shepherds. Numbering around 120,000 people, they live predominantly in the northern states of…

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Kisan

Who are they? The Kisan, Hindi for farmer, are farmers. They are distributed in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal. Under…

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Barhai

Who are they? The Barhai or Badhai are an occupational caste of carpenters and wood carvers.  They make furniture, wooden ploughs, harrows, and other agricultural…

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Barai

Who are they? The Barai grow and sell paan or betel vine leaf. They are also known as Tamboli (Sanskrit tambul meaning betel), Panwari (panwara,…

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