Hela Mehtar

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The Hela Mehtar are a Sunni Muslim community found in the state of Rajasthan in India.[1]

Origin[edit]

The Hela are a community of sweepers. They claim to have come from the Arabia, sometime in the distant past. The Hela are found in the districts of Bundi, Kota, Tonk and Jhalawar. They speak the Hadoti dialect of Hindi. According to some traditions, the community are Muslim converts from the Hindu Bhangi caste. The Hela are strictly endogamous, and marry close kin.[2]

Present[edit]

Their traditional occupation was sweeping. Many are now employed by local municipal authorities as cleaners. They are a landless community, and many are employed as wage labourers. The Hela are Sunni, but practice many folk beliefs.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Rajasthan Volume XXXVIII Part One edited by B.K Lavania, D. K Samanta, S K Mandal & N.N Vyas pages 422 to 425 Popular Prakashan
  2. ^ People of India Rajasthan Volume XXXVIII Part One edited by B.K Lavania, D. K Samanta, S K Mandal & N.N Vyas pages 422 to 425 Popular Prakashan