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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, 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_032143>
First published online: 2019



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