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  • Dikshu

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    February 19, 2024 at 1:36 pm
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    The Banjaras, also known as Lambanis or Lambadis, are a traditionally nomadic community in India. They have a long and rich history that dates back centuries. The word “Banjara” is derived from the Sanskrit word “banij” or “vanij,” which means trader or merchant.

    The Banjaras were traditionally involved in trade and transportation activities. They were known for their skills in handling and transporting goods, particularly salt, grains, and other commodities, over long distances. They traveled in large groups with their cattle and bullock carts, creating extensive trade networks across different regions of India.

    The Banjaras played a significant role in the economic and cultural development of medieval India. They transported goods between towns and villages, acting as a vital link in the trading system. They were also known for their craftsmanship in embroidery, mirror work, and other artistic forms.

    The Banjaras have their distinct language called “Lambadi” or “Lambani,” which belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family. Their traditional attire is colorful and vibrant, with women wearing heavy silver jewelry and beautifully embroidered clothes.

    Over time, many Banjaras have settled in permanent communities and have transitioned into sedentary lifestyles. However, there are still Banjara communities that maintain their traditional nomadic way of life, particularly in rural areas of India.

    It’s important to note that my knowledge cutoff is September 2021, so there may have been recent developments or changes regarding the Banjaras that I’m unaware of.

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