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Tharu: Fact Sheet
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The ethnonym Tharu refers to a number of named, historically endogamous, culturally, and linguistically differentiated ethnic groups that inhabit the Tarai region of Nepal. They are considered to be indigenous to the region. Although there are many such groups subsumed by this term, the major groups from west to east are the Rana, the Kathariya, the Dangaura, the Chitwaniya/Nawalpuriya, the Lampuchuwa, and the Kochila. The various dialects they speak belong to the Indo-European language family a…

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Guneratne, Arjun, “Tharu: 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 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032217>
First published online: 2019



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