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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, 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_032220>
First published online: 2019



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