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Indigenous People of the Nilgiris: Fact Sheet
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The Nilgiris district, in Tamil Nadu, is home to some 15 or more small ethnic groups, most found only in this area and having their own distinctive Dravidian languages. Its major population today consists of immigrant workers from the plains of South India, most of whom worship Hindu deities. The indigenous groups, totaling under 200,000, include the Todas, Kotas, Badagas, Nayakas, Paniyas, four tribes of Irulas, and six tribes of Kurumbas. Each group has always had a widely recognized and disti…

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Hockings, Paul, “Indigenous People of the Nilgiris: 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_032225>
First published online: 2019



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