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Indigenous People of the North Bastar Plateau: Fact Sheet
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The current population of Bastar includes migrants from all over India, but a distinction can be made between those who have been there for four generations or less and locals who have been living there for an unknown number of generations, but certainly greater than four. Genealogy, then, is one marker of indigeneity. Another is language. There are many local languages in Bastar, but the two dominant languages are Gondi, a Dravidian language that is spoken by about 30% of the local inhabitants,…

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Gregory, Chris, “Indigenous People of the North Bastar Plateau: 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 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032158>
First published online: 2019



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