Communities, Segments, Synonyms, Surnames and Titles
The People of India Project, a massive exercise carried out by the Anthropological Survey of India, has generated a wealth of information on the hundreds of communities which exist in this country. These communities are presented in an alphabetical order for easy reference, and the subjects covered in each case include culture, location, language, script, biological variation, food habits, rituals, work practices, educational level and impact of development. What emerges is at first glance an overwhelming number of disparate communities (2795) and segments (65,000). But at another level they seem to fall into a pattern suggesting different levels of perception of identity and status. The commonalities of nomenclature suggest a wide range of interaction and sharing among communities in the linguistic-regional context. This volume is an essential work of reference for anthropologists, sociologists, social historians, legislators and development agencies.
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IIL Structure of Names and the Naming Pattern
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Ajmer-Merwara Andaman & Nicobar Andhra Pradesh Assam Baroda Bihar Bihar & Orissa Bikaner Bilaspur Bombay Presidency Calcutta Canarese caste name census Census of India census yean Central India Agency Central Provinces clan Cochin Coorg Dakshin Kannad Delhi Dharwad earlier distribution Elsewhere Equivalent Exogamous unit/clans Exogamous unit/lineages Exogamous unit/surnames Greater Bombay Gujarat Gwalior H.E.H. Nizam's Dominion Himachal Pradesh Indore Jaipur Jammu & Kashmir Karauli Karnataka Kerala KULAM lineage Madhya Pradesh Madras Maharashtra Malayalam caste name Mandsaur Mayurbhanj Mysore Nicobar Islands North-West Province Orissa present distribution Provinces & Berar Punjab Raigarh Rajasthan Rajputana Agency reported as Canarese reported as Malayalam reported as Tamil reported as Telugu Shahjahanpur subgroup of Balija subgroup of Brahman subgroup of Golla subgroup of Kapu subgroup of Parayan subgroup of Rajput subgroup of Reddi subgroup of Setti surname Tamil caste name Tamil Nadu Telugu caste name three-fourth districts Travancore two-third districts Ujjain United Provinces Uttar Pradesh West Bengal