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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, Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), Michel Boivin, Gérard Toffin, Paul Hockings, Raphaël Rousseleau, Tanka Subba, Harald Lambs-Tyche (Section Editors). Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032140>
First published online: 2019



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