The Plains People

The tarai people are not one faceless group; they are diverse and differentiated.

Much of the tarai society has today become a unique amalgam of hill people and plains people. As in the hills, so too in the plains, there is a great diversity of culture and heritage among the people.

The Maithili Brahmans, Bhumihar Brahmans, the Rajputs and the Kayasthas wear the janai (sacred thread). Their numbers are comparatively small, but they enjoy high status because of their ranking in the Hindu caste system, their education and their property.

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Himal Southasian