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TRIBAL PEOPLE: NEWAR 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 GOVERNMENT 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

 

 

NEWARS

 

 

 

NEWAR is the name of the bulk of the inhabitants of Nipal, who were

the rulers of the valley before the Goorkha conquest, and are, indeed,

believed to have been its first inhabitants. 

 

Their original country has not been ascertained, though the Tartar cast of their 

physical form, and the monosyllabic structure of their language, point to Tibet ; 

their traditions, however, indicate India as their previous home. 

 

They now constitute the great mass of the agricultural and artisan population ; 

and the ruins of their well-built towns and temples attest the civilization to which 

they had attained before their conquest by the rude mountaineers,

who now consume in military idleness, the fruits of their fields. 

 

About two-thirds of the Newars are Buddhists, the remainder Brahminical Hindoos.

 

They are a cheerful and industrious race, possessing a skill in agriculture far 

exceeding that which exists in Hindostan, and presenting a marked contrast to the 

sour looks and arrogant demeanour of the Goorkha on the one hand, and to the melancholy

and apathetic countenance of the inhabitant of Hindostan on the other.

 

 

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