• Village Kids2
  • Men Going to Festival
  • Women Going to Festival
  • Bringing Timber from Forest
  • Getting Water From Well
  • Gathering Wood

Halbi People

The Halbi speaking people are made up of a number of distinct cultural groups and castes. Halbi speakers recognise over a dozen castes as functional groups within the local culture. Some of these castes originate from the Hindu culture and bear Hindi names but most are strictly 'local'. The castes are ranked according to social acceptability. The Raj Mureas among whom the author lived, are ranked highest on the social scale while others, such as Maharas, are at the bottom and border on untouchability. Some castes share equal status in this social ranking. The following diagram show some of the castes and their ranking.

Caste Rankings

Old lady, 1973



"Village girls, c1967"