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TRIBAL PEOPLE: GURUNG an HIMALAYAN TRIBE in THE PEOPLE OF INDIA RACES AND TRIBES OF HINDISTAN LONDON 1868

THE 

PEOPLE OF INDIA.

A SERIES OF

PHOTOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS.

WITH DESCRIPTIVE LETTERPRESS,

OF

THE RACES AND TRIBES OF HINDUSTAN,

 

ORIGINALLY PREPARED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF

THE GOVERNAMENT OF INDIA,

AND

REPRODUCED BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR

INDIA IN COUNCIL.

EDITED BY

J. FORBES WATSON AND JOHN WILLIAM KATE

 

VOLUME ONE

 

LONDON 

INDIA MUSEUM,

1868

 

THE HIMALAYAN TRIBES

 

GURUNG

 

 

"The Goorungs of Nipal are a division of the "Purbuttiahs," and therefore

nominally Hindoos. 

 

They live on the hills, uniformly selecting an altitude of

5000 or 0000 feet, especially between Jumla and Kirant, where they rear immense

flocks of the Barwal goat. 

 

They exhibit, in common with most of the aboriginal

tribes of Nipal, a modified form of the Mongolian type, retaining, like the Magars,

their own vernacular tongue, though, from long intermixture with the Khas, they

have also acquired the language of the latter. 

 

Their original seat is supposed to be in the valleys around the peak of Gosainthan ; 

and they retain to a certain extent the the manners and religion of their ancestors, 

though the latter has in some degree

been mixed with Hinduism ; mainly, it would seem, because this is the religion

of the reigning family, whom they serve largely in the capacity of soldiers.

 

From their "energy of character, love of enterprise, freedom from the shackles of

caste, unadulterated military habits, and perfect subjectibility to discipline,"

they are eminently fitted for a military life. 

The Goorungs are subdivided into no less than forty-two banches."

 

 

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