Bhambi Khalpa

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The Bhambi Khalpa are a Hindu caste found in the state of Gujarat in India. They are a sub-group within the Bhambi community. The Khalpa have scheduled caste status.[1]

Origin[edit]

The name Khalpa has been derived from the word khal, which is the Gujarati word which means the carcass of a dead animal. They are said to be a sub-division of the Chamar community. The Khalpa are a Gujarati speaking community.[2]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Khalpa are an endogamous community, and practice clan exogamy. Historically, they used to intermarry with the Bhambi Rohit, but this has been discontinued. Their main clans are the Chauhan, Parmar, Katariya, Goel, Solanki and Kothari. Historically, the Khalpa were tanners and shoemakers, but like other artisan communities are abandoning their traditional occupation. Many are now employed as wage labourers. A small number are now small and medium-sized peasant cultivators.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 159 to 162 Popular Prakashan
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 159 to 162 Popular Prakashan
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXII Part One edited by R.B Lal, S.V Padmanabham & A Mohideen page 162 to 166 Popular Prakashan