Rathwa

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'The Rathwa' are a Adivasi caste found in the state of Gujarat in India.[1]rathawa is also known as Bhilala in madhyapradesh and in Maharashtra,Rajasthan.In Maharashtra, the Bhilala consist of number of sub-groups, the main ones being the Rathawa, Naira and Mankar

History and origin[edit]

The Rathwa derive their name from the word rathbistar, which means an inhabitant of a forest or hilly region. They are said to have immigrated from Madhya Pradesh in the Middle Ages, and now found in the talukas of chhotta udaipur,Jabugam,kawant,pavijetpur,bodeli,jambu ghoda and Nasvadi in chhotaudepur District and Alirajpur. They speak their own dialect of Gujarati, known as Rathwi. [2]

Present circumstances[edit]

The community is endogamous, and consist of a number of exogamous clans, the main ones being the Hamania, Thebaria, Mahania, Kothari Baka and Fadia. They are mostly small and medium sized farmers. Many Rathwa are landless agriculture labourers, working on the lands of the Patidar community. The community follow their own folk religion, which has now been heavily influenced by the Hindu religion. Their customs are similar to other tribal communities of the region such as the Patanwadia.[3] Gotra clan OF RATHWA ARE FOLLOWING BELOW 1.KANAHIYA 2.GAMANIYA 3.DAMARIYA 4.CHAUDHARY 5.BANDODIYA 6.BHINDOLIYA 7.KAUSIYA 8.MADIYA 9.NINGVADIYA 10.MUNDALJA 11.BAMNIYA 12.MORI 13.HELTIYA 14.BARIYA 15.HUDIYA 16.CHUVANIYA 17.HOHARIYA 18.PADHAR 19.NARGAMA 20.TADAVALA 21.BHAGTIYA 22.SAHTIYA 23.PUNJARIYA 24.THAKRALA 25.HIMDIYA 26.AWAYA 27.ORIYA 28.GARASIYA 29.KIRADIYA 30.SIMADIYA 31.SUMEDKIYA 32.CHAUDARIYA 33.DODVA 34.HAMDIYA 35.KICHADIYA 36.BHOCHIYA 37.BHADIYA 38.DIMACHIYA 39.SANGODIYA,CHANGODIYA 40.BHABHARIYA 41.TOKRIYA 42.MOHADIYA 43.JAMORIYA 44.LUVARIYA 45.MAHONIYA 46.GAUDMANDA 47.VAHKADIYA 48.PARAMAR 49.HADIYA 50.BHANDARIYA 51.FOVADIYA 52.KHUTIYA 53.MAKAWANIYA 54.CHOUHAN 55.JOKTIYA 56.SATIHA 57.ADASIYA 58.SADRIYA 59.KATOLIYA 60.HARAYA 61.BHORIYA 62.DODIYA 63.NAVDA 64.NAHAR 65.RAVATALA 66.DHARVA 67.BHADLIYA 68.META 69.KOTHARI 70.SAPLIYA 71.KHEVA 72.KADSIYA 73.VADVI 74.VIHKIYA 75.TOMAR 76.MAKODIYA 77.VADVIYA 78.BHOGVADIYA 79.PIDIYA 80.PANGARIYA

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References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1185-1189
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1185-1189
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 1185-1189