Banyan merchants

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A Hindoo Family, Banyan Cast (c1830)
This article is about usage of the term around the Indian Ocean. For the caste, see Vaishya. For other usages, see Banyan (disambiguation).

Banyan merchants is an expression used widely in the Indian Ocean trade to refer to Indian merchants who are clearly distinguished from others, by their clothing, by their religious and cultural dietary choices, and by the manner in which they conduct trade.