Faces of Nepal

Nepal is a melting pot of many races and tribes. With the population of twenty-two million, Nepal is an assortment of races and tribes, living in different regions, following different costumes and speaking different languages. Nepalese live under diverse environmental conditions from the low, nearly sea level plains at the border of India, northward through the middle hills and up to the flanks of the great Himalayan range where there are settlements at altitude of up to 4,800m.

BRAHMINS

Brahmins, also known as Bahuns, are traditionally educators, scholars and priests. By tradition and civil law (until 1962), they represent the highest of the four Hindu varna, or castes. The Khas Brahman community makes up a major portion of the demographics of Nepal.
Brahmins, also known as Bahuns, are traditionally educators, scholars and priests. By tradition and civil law (until 1962), they represent the highest of the four Hindu varna, or castes. The Khas Brahman community makes up a major portion of the demographics of Nepal.

GURUNG

Gurungs, also called Tamus, are an ethnic group from different parts of Nepal. They live primarily in the Gandaki zone, especially Lamjung, Kaski, Mustang, Tanahu, Gorkha, Manang and Syangja, among others. Their traditional occupation was sheep-herding, trans-Himalayan trade and farming.
Gurungs, also called Tamus, are an ethnic group from different parts of Nepal. They live primarily in the Gandaki zone, especially Lamjung, Kaski, Mustang, Tanahu, Gorkha, Manang and Syangja, among others. Their traditional occupation was sheep-herding, trans-Himalayan trade and farming.

SHERPA

Sherpas are an ethnic group from the most mountainous region of Nepal, high in the Himalayas. Most Sherpa people live in Nepal’s eastern regions; however, some live farther west in the Rolwaling valley and in the Helambu region north of Kathmandu. They are popular all over the world as the best mountain climbers.
Sherpas are an ethnic group from the most mountainous region of Nepal, high in the Himalayas. Most Sherpa people live in Nepal’s eastern regions; however, some live farther west in the Rolwaling valley and in the Helambu region north of Kathmandu. They are popular all over the world as the best mountain climbers.

TAMANG

Tamangs are indigenous inhabitants of the Himalayan regions of Nepal. They are one of the major Tibeto-Burman speaking communities and trace their ancestry from Tibet, and even further back to Mongolia. Tamangs are predominately found in the districts of Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Dhading, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, and Kavreplanchowk, among others.
Tamangs are indigenous inhabitants of the Himalayan regions of Nepal. They are one of the major Tibeto-Burman speaking communities and trace their ancestry from Tibet, and even further back to Mongolia. Tamangs are predominately found in the districts of Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Dhading, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, and Kavreplanchowk, among others.

MAGAR

Magars are one of the oldest ethnic groups of Nepal, whose homelands extend from the western and southern edges of the Dhaulagiri section of the Himalayas range south to the Mahabharat foothills eastward into the Kali Gandaki basin. They are third largest group of people in Nepal after Chhetris and Brahmans.
Magars are one of the oldest ethnic groups of Nepal, whose homelands extend from the western and southern edges of the Dhaulagiri section of the Himalayas range south to the Mahabharat foothills eastward into the Kali Gandaki basin. They are third largest group of people in Nepal after Chhetris and Brahmans.

RAI

Rais are one of the most ancient indigenous groups of Nepal, the Indian State of Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills. Rai is originated from Raipa meaning king. Rai belongs to the Kiranti group or the Kirat confederation that includes different ethnic groups like Limbu, Sunuwar and Yakkha. They mostly inhabit eastern hills of Nepal.
Rais are one of the most ancient indigenous groups of Nepal, the Indian State of Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills. Rai is originated from Raipa meaning king. Rai belongs to the Kiranti group or the Kirat confederation that includes different ethnic groups like Limbu, Sunuwar and Yakkha. They mostly inhabit eastern hills of Nepal.

(Compiled by Image Nepal Desk from different sources, Photo Courtsey: TAAN and  Indegenious Peoples Trail Committee)

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