Nepal is rich in its culture and tradition. More than 70 languages are spoken all over the country by different tribes and they have their own traditional dresses. Here we present some amazingly beautiful pictures from different ethnic groups of Nepal.
Newars are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley the and its surrounding areas in Nepal and the creators of its historic civilization.
Rautes are a nomadic ethnic group officially recognized by the Government of Nepal. They are known especially for their hunting of langur and macaque monkeys for subsistence. They also gather wild forest tubers, fruits, and greens on a regular basis.
Thakali are an ethnolinguistic group originated from the Thak Khola region of the Mustang District in the Dhaulagiri zone of Nepal.
Tharu community live in south part of Nepal. As of 2011, the Tharu population of Nepal was censused at 1,737,470 people, or 6.6% of the total population. There are several endogamous sub-groups of Tharu.
The Gurung people, also called Tamu, are an ethnic group from different parts of Nepal. According to the 2013 census there are 3.5 Million Gurungs in Nepal, of which 1.1 Million speak their own Gurung language. Small numbers of Gurungs are believed to be living in India’s Darjeeling district, Kolkata and Sikkim and as well as Bhutan.
Rajbanshis live in the Nepal –India borderlands of the districts of Jhapa , morang and sunsari as well of east Nepal. They are said to be the kiths and kin of the peripheral Koch people of the adjacent states of West Bengal and Assam in India.
Badis trace their roots to the Licchavi dynasty in what is now northern India’s Bihar state.It is estimated that there are 40,000 to 70,000 living in Nepal. Sometimes called untouchables among the untouchables, they have for decades been doomed to supporting their impoverished families through prostitution but it has significantly changed recently.
The Limbu or Yakthung tribes and clans belong to the Kirati nation or to the Kirat confederation. They are indigenous to the hill and mountainous regions of east Nepal between the Arun and Mechi rivers to as far as Southern Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim.
The Magars are one of the oldest ethnic groups of Nepal. They are third largest group of people after Chhetris and Brahmans by 7.125% of Nepal’s population, according to the 2011 census, they are the largest indigenous group in Nepal.
The Thakuri dynasty was a Rajput dynasty who ruled Nepal for hundred of years.
The Sherpa people are an ethnic group in who generally live in mountainous and hilly region of the country.
The Chepang who are often been characterized as the poorest of Nepal’s poor. Over the past two or three generations the Chepang have begun to slowly shift from a semi-nomadic (slash-and-burn) lifestyle to a more settled way of life.
The Khambu Rais or Rais are one of the most ancient indigenous ethnolinguistic groups of Nepal.They were Raipa meaning king (Rai means King in old Khas kura). Once someone was recognized as a ruler, Hindus awarded them the title Rai.
They mainly reside in Morang and Jhapa districts of Nepal and Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Several scholars both in India and Nepal have referred to Dhimals as a ‘forgotten ethnic group.
The Brahman-Hill (or Khas Bahun) is the colloquial Nepali term for a member of the hill or mountain Brahmin caste, a traditional caste of educators, scholars, and priests in Hinduism. This ethnic group of Nepal makes up 12.5% of the country’s population. Bahuns are Khas people, It has been proposed that the Khas people have their origins in Central Asia and migrated to the Himalayan region of southern Asia in ancient times. The Khas are subdivided into many other groups in Nepal such as; Bahun, Chhetri, Thakuri, Sanyasi, Kaami, Damai, Sarki, Gandharva, etc
Chhetri synonymous with Kshetri and Khatri are all derivatives of Kshatriya, the warrior and ruler caste group or varna of Hinduism. Chhetris speak Nepali, the national language, and are part of the dominant Khasa culture and the wider Pahari Khas-Nepali population. Chhetris are the second biggest group after Brahmin in Nepal.
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And the final picture……