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Tou: Fact Sheet
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The Tou, meaning “People”/ “Kind of Person”), are known to the wider world by epithets referring to them as forest people and rulers: Raute, Rawat, Raji, Raut, Rautela, Rautiya, Rajwar, Ban Raji, Ban Raja, Ban Rawat, Jangali, Bhula, Bhuliwar, or Ban Manche. The Tou speak closely related Tibeto-Burman languages, which are codified by the International Organization for Standardization with the language codes rau (Raute), jnl (Rawat), and rji (Raji). They live in forested lands of about 30,000 km2, within 29º-29.5º north latitude by 80º-82º east longitude, an area roughly t…

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Fortier, Jana, “Tou: 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_032220>
First published online: 2019



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