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Sewa Singh Khalsi says that "Julaha Sikhs are known by two names: Khalsa biradar (brother of the Khalsa) and Ramdasia Sikhs". H. S. Singha further comments " Ramdasia is a term used in general for Sikhs whose ancestors belonged to backward classes. Originally it meant the descendants and followers of Ramdas who belonged to the weaver (Julaha) community".
Gerald Parsons says that "Ravidasis are to be distinguished from the Ramdasias who also belonged to the Chamar caste in Punjab but who were converted to the Sikh community, according to tradition, during the guruship of Ram Das". Kalsi notes that some Chamar's claim to have been Julahas but then reverted to be Chamar. "We are all Chamars (landless labourers andleather workers) - some families chose to take up weaving, they were known as Julahas. My ancestors were weavers, but they reverted to shoe-making during the war. We have common gets_ and our houses are located on one side of the villages."
He further notes that Julaha social status is higher than that of Chamars and that Julaha's do not marry outside of their endogomous group.
^Khalsi, Sewa Singh (May 1992). The Evolution of a Sikh Community in Britain. Religious and Social Change among the Sikhs of Leeds and Bradford. England: Leeds University Community Religions Project. p. 99. ISBN1871363039.
^Parsons, Gerald (1994). The Growth of Religious Diversity - Vol 1: Britain from 1945 Volume 1: Traditions. Routledge. p. 227. ISBN0415083265.