Dhagi

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Dhagi
Total population
106,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
 India
Languages
HindiKhari Boli
Religion
Hinduism 100% •
Related ethnic groups
Muslim DhagiKoriPatwaSadhMomin AnsariBhuiyar

The Dhagi are Hindu caste, found in North India.[2]

History and origin[edit]

The name Dhagi is derived from the Hindi word dhaga, which means thread. The community spin thread and weave cloth. They are one of a number of communities that have traditional been involved with weaving and spinning, such as the Sadh, Kori and Momin Ansari.[3]

Present circumstances[edit]

The traditional occupation of the Dhagi was weaving and spinning thread. With growing industrialisation of the Indian economy, the Dhagi have abandoned their traditional occupations. They are now mainly engaged in agriculture.[4]

The community have a fairly strong caste council, which maintains social control over the community. Any member of the community which breaches their cultural norms, can be subject to cash fines, or social ostracism. They are a Hindu community, and follows the general customs of the area they reside. A small number of Dhagi, have converted to Islam, and now form a distinct community of Muslim Dhagi. The community is concentrated in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh, and neighbouring state of Bihar. They speak Awadhi and Bhojpuri.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.joshuaproject.net/peoples.php?peo3=16652
  2. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part One edited by A Hasan & J C Das pages 416 to 419
  3. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part One edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 416
  4. ^ a b People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part One edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 417