Sunga (caste)

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The Sunga are a Hindu caste found in the state of Rajasthan in India.[1]

History and origin[edit]

The Sunga community claim their descent from Parshuram, the great warrior saint of Brahmin epics. They claim to be ex-Brahmins, but were excommunicated, and formed a distinct group. The Sunga claim to be a section of the Khandelwal Brahmins. They perceive themselves now to be of the Vaishya varna.[2]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Sunga are distributed in the districts of Sirohi, Jalor, Jodhpur, Pali and Bikaner, and speak the Marwari dialect. They have twenty clans.[3] They practice agriculture as subsidiary occupation. Many Sunga have also taken to trading.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Rajasthan Volume XXXVIII Part Two edited by B.K Lavania, D. K Samanta, S K Mandal & N.N Vyas pages 935 to 937 Popular Prakashan
  2. ^ People of India Rajasthan Volume XXXVIII Part Two edited by B.K Lavania, D. K Samanta, S K Mandal & N.N Vyas pages 935 to 937 Popular Prakashan
  3. ^ People of India Rajasthan Volume XXXVIII Part Two edited by B.K Lavania, D. K Samanta, S K Mandal & N.N Vyas pages 935 to 937 Popular Prakashan
  4. ^ People of India Rajasthan Volume XXXVIII Part Two edited by B.K Lavania, D. K Samanta, S K Mandal & N.N Vyas pages 935 to 937 Popular Prakashan