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Asur: Fact Sheet
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The Asur tribe is an Ādivāsī group that can be found in Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Bihar. According to the 2011 census the tribe numbers about 30,452 individuals. The Asurs have been described as a tribe with several smaller subgroups, namely the Bir Asurs, the Birjiyas, and the Agarias. The Asurs are mentioned in the myths and oral epics of other Ādivāsī tribes. One of these is the Asur Kahani, a Munda oral epic in which the Asurs are described as a race of mighty iron smelters who were punished by the tribal sun god, Singbonga. The Asurs also receive scholarly…

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Borde, Radhika, “Asur: Fact Sheet”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online, Edited by: Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS), Gérard Toffin, Centre d’Études Himalayennes, Paul Hockings, University of Illinois at Chicago, Raphaël Rousseleau, Université de Lausanne, Tanka Subba, North-Eastern Hill University, Harald Lambs-Tyche, University of de Picardie-Jules Verne. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032140>
First published online: 2019



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