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The Godha are Hindu caste found in the state of Gujarat in India. They are also known as Gondha and Gonda. The Godha use Dengar as a community surname.[1]

History and origin[edit]

The Godha are descended from a group of Gond tribals that migrated from Madhya Pradesh some five centuries ago. They are mainly distributed in Surat and Valsad. The Godha now speak Gujarati.[1]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Godha practice community endogamy. They have no system of clans, or clan hierarchy. The Godha are a landless community with their primary occupation is weaving blankets. Many are now involved in a number of occupations such tailoring while others are employed in the diamond cutting industry. The Godha are Jain.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part One edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 418-421