The Hela are a community of agricultural labourers and musicians. Their traditional occupation was that of a village reaper. They are found mainly in the districts of Varanasi, Ghazipur and Mirzapur. They are divided into five sub-groups, the Bhagat, Nourchin and Shaikh-Hela. Traditionally the Hela were a community which incorporated elements of both Hinduism and Islam. They are now Hindu and have abandoned most Muslim practices. Traditionally, the community was hierarchical, with the Bhagat considering themselves superior to the other sub-groups.
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