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Naxi in China

The lives of the Naxi changed greatly when China became a communist nation in 1949. Originally, they were nomadic herdsmen, traveling through central …

Koiri (Hindu traditions) in India

The Koiri believe they are the descendents of Kush, one of the twin sons of lord Rama. They receive the services of a Brahmin priest, who officiates …

Kunbi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Kunbi are progressive agriculturists, but there are also politicians and educated professionals, including engineers and doctors. Traditionally …

Kayastha (Hindu traditions) in India

The earliest textual references to this community occur around the first century BC or first century AD. The recorded evidence of the Kayastha as a …

Hajam in Pakistan

The Hajam have been a service community for centuries, and many perform hair-cutting (hajamat). Some of the Hajam have taken to varied urban …

Lao Phuan in Laos

The Lao people are renowned for being gentle, friendly and peace-loving. Their communities revolve around close-knit family ties. They have a high …

Abaza in Russia

The Abaza live in the western Caucasus region of southwestern Russia. In the sixth century, they accepted Christianity; but between the sixteenth and …

Ansari in India

According to a legend, the Ansari were inhabitants of Medina, and Ansari was the title given to those who gave shelter to and helped the prophet …

Tatar, Crimean in Ukraine

The Crimean Tatars are Turkic people who have inhabited the Crimean peninsula for over seven centuries. During World War II, the entire Tatar …

Dhangar Bharwad in India

The word dhangar is derived from the Sanskrit word dhenu, meaning cow. They keep a special breed of cows and buffalo known as Dhangar mhasi and …

Hausa, North in Nigeria

The Hausa are almost exclusively Muslim and practice agriculture. Their widespread trading activities have contributed to making their language a …

Bania in India

"Bania" is something of a generic term, and there are many Bania communities. The Bania trace their history back about 5000 years. About 50 …

Bondo Poraja in India

The Bondo religion is a mixture of their traditional faith and Hinduism. Patkhanda Mahaprobhu is their supreme deity. The Bondo have started …

Hinduism

Gadaria (Muslim traditions) in India

The Gadaria are largely shepherds and blanket-weavers. Women participate in the rearing of cattle and in the processing of wool. Property is divided …

Faith

Bhotia Tibetan in India

Bhotia is a generic term used for several of the groups of people living in the foothills of the Himalayas. According to the 1981 census they have a …

Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Bishnoi are a community of nature worshippers. The guru who founded the sect directed the worship of lord Vishnu (Bishnu), hence the name …

Bhuinhar in India

The Bhuinhar reside in 96 districts of India and Bangladesh, the largest populations being in districts Ghazipur, Ballia, Azamgar - all in the state …

Faith

Chamar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Chamar deities are Bahiroba, Janai, Kandova of Jejori and Bhawani of Tuljapur. They follow the spiritual teachings of Ravidas. They recite …

Faith

Badhai (Muslim traditions) in India

The Badhai trace their descent from Lord Vishwakarma, the divine architect. It is believed that Lord Vishwakarma created two groups of people, those …

Faith

Dariganga in Mongolia

The Dariganga love music, folk dances, chess, and sporting events. Every July, the ancient Naadam festival is celebrated throughout Mongolia. …

Faith

Uzbek, Southern in Afghanistan

Uzbeks come from a predominantly Sunni Muslim background, usually of the Hanafi school, but variations exist. The majority of Uzbeks from the former …

Faith

Jew, Yemeni in Israel

The immigration of the majority of Jews into Yemen appears to have taken place about the beginning of the second century AD. With the advent of Islam …

Theology

Aoka in China

Some Aoka believe there was once a ladder connecting heaven to the earth. A long time ago the ladder was broken and no people have been able to visit …

Giay in Vietnam

The Giay (pronounced "Zay"), are sometimes referred to as the Nhang, a name given to them by the Vietnamese. Giay families are dominated by the …

Faith

Imragen in Western Sahara

The Imragen form a Moorish fishing and pastoral culture along the Atlantic shores, made up of three nomadic Bedouin tribes. They have strong cultural …

Western Sahara

Kurd, Turkish-Speaking in Turkey

Most Kurds in Turkey live in big cities, such as Istanbul, or in southeastern Turkey. Language spoken (Kurdish or Turkish) by the Kurds of Turkey is …

Faith

Zaza-Dimli in Turkey

Dimli means "of Dailam", and it is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian …

Faith

Arab, Iraqi in Australia

When Iraqis were first listed in the Australian census, the population was just over 2,000. In 2001 there were more than 10 times that many. Fleeing …

Australia

Jew, Bukharic Speaking in Uzbekistan

Bukharic Jews are Jews from Central Asia who speak Bukhori, a dialect of the Persian language. Their name comes from the former Central Asian Emirate …

Fulani, Maasina in Mali

The Fulani people comprise the largest nomadic society in the world. The Fula Maasina are located predominantly in the Maasina region of Mali. The …

Africa