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Rai: Fact Sheet
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The Rai are a set of groups, numbering about 750,000 people, inhabiting the mountains of eastern Nepal, except for some tens of thousands who are based in India (especially in Sikkim, and around Darjeeling). They belong to the so-called “tribal” groups, now called Ādivāsī-Janajātī, “indigenous communities,” that is, those who are not part of the Indo-Nepalese population or “caste groups,” dominant in Nepal. The number of groups that make up the Rai population is uncertain. While the 2011 census …

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Schlemmer, Grégoire, “Rai: 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_032188>
First published online: 2019



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