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Santal: Fact Sheet
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The Santal are known for their rebellion in 1855 and have a long history of exploitation and migration. Numbering 7 to 8 million according to the 2011 census, which does not take into account the Santals who live in states that do not recognize them as Scheduled Tribe, they are probably the largest indigenous group in India and live in four different states (Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Bihar) as well as in Bangladesh and Nepal. Their original homeland is Hazaribagh on the Chhotanagpur plateau…

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Carrin, Marine, “Santal: Fact Sheet”, 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 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032197>
First published online: 2019



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