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Bhil: Fact Sheet
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The Bhils are by far the largest of the Ādivāsī groups in western India, being found in eastern Gujarat, southwestern and southern Rajasthan, western Madhya Pradesh, and northern Maharashtra. The term “bhīl”, which means “archer,” appears from very early on in the literature of the region, but it is difficult to identify these references with particular groups today, since “Bhil” has often been used as a generic term for “tribal” in the region. It is also clear that a number of groups that are currently known under different…

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Tambs-Lyche, Harald, “Bhil: 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_032146>
First published online: 2019



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