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Saora: Fact Sheet
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Saora, Sora, Savara, Sabara, Saura, Sahara: these are all terms referring to a group living mainly in southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh states, where the Saora are classified as Scheduled Tribe by the government. According to the 2011 census of India, they number 534,751 in Odisha and 139,424 in Andhra Pradesh. Most of the Saora live in rural areas at the border of these two states, practicing agriculture – shifting cultivation on hill slopes and rice cultivation in plains. Since the e…

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Guillaume-Pey, Cécile, “Saora: 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_032200>
First published online: 2019



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