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Kami (South Asian people)


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    • Bishowkarma (South Asian people)
    • Biswakarma (South Asian people)
    • Lohar (South Asian people)
    • Sunar (South Asian people)
    • Viswakarma (South Asian people)
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    • found: Work cat.: 2014355989: Kisāna, Yāmabahādura, 1969, Kami of Nepal, 2014:p. 1 (Kami is the largest caste among Dalits. The Kami caste is found in all of Nepal's ecological zones - the Himalaya hills and Tarai across all development regions and in urban and rural areas. The Kami includes all the sub-castes like goldsmiths, blacksmiths, bamboo workers and other occupational group and surnames of this group which is in recent days used to consider as a derogatory word and started to use Bishowkarma as synonym of kami. Kami are considered to be untouchable and they have historically been discriminated against by non-Dalits of Nepal)
    • found: Joshua Project, WWW site viewed on June 21, 2016(Kami, The Kamis are Nepalis resident in West Bengal, India. They are a rural people known for metal working. They are divided into two groups: black smiths and gold, silver, and copper smiths. They supplement smithing with agricultural work. About a third are literate in Nepali. Many are bilingual, also speaking Hindi. The Kamis are also found in southern Sikkim, mostly in rural areas. In those areas, they engage in agriculture. Others serve as curers, who favor traditional medicines over the use of modern medicine; resides in Bhutan, India, Nepal; alternate names: Biswakarma, Lohar, Sunar, Viswakarma, Kamī)
    • found: Kami (caste) Wikipedia site viewed, July 21, 2017(Kami (Nepali: कामी) is a community in Nepal, Darjeeling, Sikkim that belongs to the Indo-Aryan ethnic group. Kamis are essentially blacksmiths and goldsmiths and are scattered across almost all hilly districts of Nepal, districts of Sikkim, Darjeeling (a District of W.B), and Assam; some have settled in other parts of India as well. They are also known as Vishwakarma or Bishwakarma)
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    • DS493.9.K36
  • Change Notes

    • 2016-06-21: new
    • 2017-10-13: revised
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