Mal (caste)

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The Mal are a Hindu caste found in the state of West Bengal.[1]

Divisions[edit]

The Mal have four sub-divisions, the Raja Mal, the Chhatradhari Mal, the Sapure Mal and the Paharia Mal. They are said to be a Dravidian tribe found in the Rajmahal hills that was Hinduized over time. The community is now found mainly in Birbhum District. [2] Raja mals were rular of Bengal-Jharkhand junction area. Chatradhari mals were ministers of Raja mals. 'Sapure mals' are mainly snake charmer. Paharia mals are living at hilly area, and they have different language. Raja mals have no widow marriage as orthodox hindues [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India West Bengal Volume XXXXIII edited by Shekhar Bandopadhyay, Tilsk Bagchi and R. K Bhattacharya pages 834-840
  2. ^ People of India West Bengal Volume XXXXIII edited by Shekhar Bandopadhyay, Tilsk Bagchi and R. K Bhattacharya pages 834-840
  3. ^ 'birbhumer itihas'