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Badaga: Fact Sheet
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Badagas are the principal farming community of the Nilgiris district. After settling on the plateau some centuries ago, Badagas developed their own Dravidian language called Badaga and a complex societal system, which links politics to religion and to kinship. P. Hockings (2013, 118–132) identifies ten phratries, mostly ranked endogamous groups made up of several clans. The largest endogamous group, comprising over 80% of the total population, is called in academic writing Gauda, Gauder, or Gowd…

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Heidemann, Frank, “Badaga: 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_032143>
First published online: 2019



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