Mer people

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This article is about the Mer, a Hindu community from Saurashtra. For the Hindu ethnic group from Rajasthan, India, see Mers.

The Mer are a Hindu community belonging to the Saurashtra region of Gujarat an Indian state. They are also called as Maher or Mehar.[1] They speak the Gujarati language. They are based in the Porbandar, Ranavav and Kutiyana talukas of Junagadh district. They are an endogamous group sub-divided into 14 exogamous lineages. The women of this community do not suffer female seclusion norms.[2] They are a predominantly agricultural community.[1] Mer men perform the Mer ras a dance, which is known as a warrior dance. [3][4]

Notable Mer[edit]


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  2. ^ Kumar Suresh Singh; Rajendra Behari Lal (2003). Gujarat. Popular Prakashan. pp. 906–910. ISBN 978-81-7991-104-4. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  3. ^ S. Gajrani (1 September 2004). History, Religion and Culture of India: History, religion and culture of Western India. Gyan Publishing House. p. 213. ISBN 978-81-8205-062-4. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
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