28 BEAUTIFUL PICTURES FROM DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS OF NEPAL TO PROVE ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ 35 comments


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.

1 NEWARS

Newars are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley the and its surrounding areas in Nepal and the creators of its historic civilization.

Newari girl in a traditional dress

Newari girl in a traditional dress. Image Google

Newars of Kathmandu celebrating traditional festival.

Newars of Kathmandu celebrating traditional festival. Image imagesofnepal.com

Popular actor Namrata Shrestha in Newari dress.

Popular actor Namrata Shrestha in Newari dress. Image: sat

 

2 RAUTE

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.

Raute, a nomadic ethnic group with President of Nepal.

Raute, a nomadic ethnic group with President of Nepal. Image nomadic.org

A Raute Man with traditional musical isntrument

A Raute Man with traditional musical isntrument. Image wikipedia

 

3 THAKALI

Thakali are an ethnolinguistic group originated from the Thak Khola region of the Mustang District in the Dhaulagiri zone of Nepal.

Two Thakali women in traditional dress.

Two Thakali women in traditional dress. Image ecs.com.np

 

3 THARU

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.

A Tharu man with a traditional Nepali cap

A Tharu man with a traditional Nepali cap. Image wikipedia

Tharu girls in traditional dress.Tharu girls in traditional dress.

Tharu girls in traditional dress. Image news.cn

Tharu men performing traditional dance.

Tharu men performing traditional dance. Image sauraharocks.blogspot.com

 

4 GURUNG

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.

Gurung girls wearing traditional costumes dance during the New Year parade of Tamu Losar in Kathmandu.

Gurung girls wearing traditional costumes dance during the New Year parade of Tamu Losar in Kathmandu. Image xinhuanet.com

A group of Gurung people in traditional costumes.

A group of Gurung people in traditional costumes. Image acethehimalaya.com

 

5 RAJBABANSHI

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.

Rajabanshi youths in traditional dress in South of Nepal

Rajabanshi youths in traditional dress in South of Nepal. Image hamarrajbanshi.blogspot

 

6 BADI

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.

Badi people in southern part of Nepal.

Badi people in southern part of Nepal. Image thomaslkellyphotos.com

 

7 LIMBU

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.

Limbu women in traditional dress.

Limbu women in traditional dress. Image flickr

 

8 MAGAR

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.

Magars in their traditional dress.

Magars in their traditional dress. Image badmasi.com

 

9 THAKURI

The Thakuri dynasty was a Rajput dynasty who ruled Nepal for hundred of years.

Thakuri woman with the  children in far west Nepal.

Thakuri woman with the children in far west Nepal. Image nepalstura.com

 

10 SHERPA
The Sherpa people are an ethnic group in who generally live in mountainous and hilly region of the country.

Sherpa women in traditional dress.

Sherpa women in traditional dress. Image google

A Sherpa lady.

A Sherpa lady. Image nepal-uncovered.com

 

11 CHEPANG

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.

Chepang in Nepal

Image: himalayaguide.com

 

12 RAI

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.

Rai Nepal

A Rai priest. Image wiki

 

13 DHIMAL

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.

A modern Dhimal girl in traditional dress

A modern Dhimal girl in traditional dress

 

14 BAHUN

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

An old brahmin man in typical dress.An old brahmin man in typical dress.

An old brahmin man in typical dress. Image blog.blustain.net

 

15 CHHETRI

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.

Chhetri women and girls in traditional dress.

Chhetri women and girls in traditional dress. Image ekantipur

 

16 NEPALI NATIONAL DRESS

Kids wear Nepali national dress

Kids wear National dress Daura Suruwal, dhaka topi and Gunyu Choli Patuki. Image imnepal.com

Nepali men dress

Two Nepalese men sahre the laughter wearing casual Nepali dress. Image wanderingthreads.com

Nepali bride

Nepali bride in traditional red saree and makeup. Image Prajwal Bhattarai flickr

Unity in diversity Nepali dress

Unity in diversity. Image imnepal.com

 

Photos in this blog were kept in random order. Some of the ethnic groups might have unknowingly left out. The idea of this article was inspired by similar story in storypick. Join our Facebook and Twitter for more such articles.

And the final picture……

The Flag That Unites Whole Nepal. Image Binod Joshi, AP

The Flag That Unites Whole Nepal. Image Binod Joshi, AP

 


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