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Jodia Poraja: Religion, Environment, and Kingdom Memories
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From Colonial to Local Categories

According to the colonial reports (Carmichael, 1869, 16, 75, for the earliest one), Poraja actually refers more to a “peasant class” than to an ethnic name. This umbrella term originated in the medieval relations between client subjects (prajā) and a patron king (rājā; Sundar, 1997), as well as in the contrast between rural peasants and “city dwellers” (paurā). To this day, most of the local peasant groups acknowledge that they…

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Rousseleau, Raphaël, “Jodia Poraja: Religion, Environment, and Kingdom Memories”, 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 06 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_031936>
First published online: 2019



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