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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Shilpkar

Who are they? The generic term Shilpkar, or Shilpakar, is used for all of Indian people groups regarded as low castes. For generations they have…

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Koeri

Who are they? The Koeri, also spelled Koiri or Koiry grow fruit, vegetables, tobacco and opium for the local market. They are a large community of…

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Gosain

Who are they? The Gosain are traditionally a community of religious mendicants – homeless, wandering ascetics who have renounced material pleasures to become a sadhu…

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Bhar

Who are they? The Bhar, also known as Rajbhar, Bharat and Bharpatwa, is a community of more than 1.7 million people residing mainly in Uttar…

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