Mang (caste)

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The Mang or Matang (Minimadig in Gujarat and Rajasthan) community is an Indian caste, historically associated with low-status or ritually impure professions such as village musicians, cattle castraters, leather curers, midwives, hangmen, undertakers.[citation needed] Their origins lie in the Narmada Valley of India.[citation needed] In the modern day they are listed as a Scheduled Caste.

Social status[edit]

In the early 20th century, the Mang began to form caste associations to advocate their cause, such as the Matang Samaj (1932) and Matang Society (1923).[1][2] Although the umbrella term Dalit has been claimed by various untouchable communities classified as Scheduled Castes as a means to define themselves, the Mang are among the communities that prefer to be known instead by their caste name.[3]

Notables[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Surajit Sinha (1 January 1993). Anthropology of Weaker Sections. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 330–. ISBN 978-81-7022-491-4. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Prahlad Gangaram Jogdand (1991). Dalit movement in Maharashtra. Kanak Publications. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Paik, Shailaja (2011). "Mahar–Dalit–Buddhist: The history and politics of naming in Maharashtra". Contributions to Indian Sociology. 45 (2): 217–241. doi:10.1177/006996671104500203. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Constable, Philip (May 2001). "The Marginalization of a Dalit Martial Race in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Western India". The Journal of Asian Studies. 60 (2): 439–478. doi:10.2307/2659700. JSTOR 2659700. (subscription required (help)).