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Pardhan: Fact Sheet
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The Pardhan are generally defined as traditional bards and court musicians of the Raj Gond, a dominant group of landowners that since the early 11th century were the rulers of a vast multi-tribal society. During the Gond royal power imposed in the regions of central India particularly from the 14th to the 16th centuries, the Pardhan negotiated their position with the small local princely states constituting the ancient Gond kingdoms (Gondwana). This region was subject to the influence of the feu…

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Guidolin, Monica, “Pardhan: 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_032182>
First published online: 2019



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