• PEOPLE CLUSTER: BANIA

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 41

Population: 30,214,500

Unreached people groups: 41

UPG population: 30,214,500

Unengaged UPGs: 13

UUPG population: 2,191,000

Number of countries: 2


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: Bania is a cluster of related communities distributed widely across northern and western India. A majority of these communities are notified as schedule castes. Bania derives from a Sanskrit word meaning "trading" and the various Bania communities are typically involved in trade. Almost all Bania communities are endogamous.

   -- K. S. Singh, People of India, Volume IV. India's Communities A-G. Delhi: Oxford University Press (1998), pp. 261-267

Peoples within this cluster: Bania; Bania, Agarwal; Bania, Agarwal, Awadhi; Bania, Agarwal, Haryanvi; Bania, Agarwal, Magahi; Bania, Agarwal, Marathi; Bania, Agarwal, Punjabi; Bania, Agarwal, Rajasthani; Bania, Agarwal, Telugu; Bania, Angika; Bania, Assamese; Bania, Awadhi; Bania, Banik; Bania, Bhojpuri; Bania, Bundelkhandhi; Bania, Chhattisgarhi; Bania, Dhusar; Bania, Dogri; Bania, Gandha Banik; Bania, Gujarati; Bania, Hanayavi; Bania, Kannada; Bania, Kashmiri; Bania, Khandelwal; Bania, Konkani; Bania, Magahi; Bania, Mahesri; Bania, Mahur; Bania, Maithili; Bania, Malayalam; Bania, Marathi; Bania, Marwadi; Bania, Nima; Bania, Oriya; Bania, Pahari; Bania, Panjabi; Bania, Rajasthani; Bania, Saraogi; Bania, Tamil; Bania, Trivarnika Vaisya

Countries where they are found: India; Nepal


People groups: 41

Population: 30,214,500

Unreached people groups: 41

UPG population: 30,214,500

Unengaged UPGs: 13

UUPG population: 2,191,000

Number of countries: 2