Thursday, July 29, 2010

Introduction of Thami Caste

Thami is one of the identified ethnic groups of Nepal. There are 61 identified ethnic groups in Nepal and Thami caste is one of the most important castes among the ethnic groups of Nepal. Thami caste covers about 22,999 population of Nepal according to census of 2001. Thami mainly live in Dolakha district. In Dolakha district they can be found in Chemawati, Suspa, Kalinchowk, Alampu, Lalipang, Bigu, Lakuri Danda. But these days they live in different places in some number. Real picture of Thami can be still found in Dolakha district.

Language: Thami people speak their own language Thami. Their language is from Bhot-Barmeli language. Somehow their language and culture are influence from Tamang. They are also able to speak Nepali language. Some educated people from Thami can speak excellent English and Hindi language.

Religion: Thami people follow Hindu, Buddha and Bon religion. There can be found some Thami are practicing Buddha and some are practicing Bon and Hindu.

Festivals: Dasain, Tihar, Udhauli, Uvauli, Baisakh Purnima are some main festival of Thami people. Baishakh purnima is main festivals of Thami people. They also celebrate Dashain and Tihar as like Hindu.

Occupation: Most number of Thami people are engaged in agriculture.

Sub-caste in Thami: There are many sub-castes in Thami. It is interesting thing is that Thami has male and female different sub-castes. Some male sub-castes are- Reshmi, Akayagmi, Budapere, Dungsupere, Rami Dati. Some female sub-castes are-Khattichhire, Galva.

Some words to learn Thami language:

Namaste---------Sewa
How are you?-----Nangkbo halkhabar?
I am fine ! --------- Gaika halkhabar thikai hoku.

Some name of foods to know in Thami langaue:

Cooked rice-----Isa, boro
Curry-------Ken
Meat-------Chichi
Bread----------Madai
Potato-----Kuwai
Pumpkin-------Phatu
Cucumber-------Adhai
Maize------------Makai

How they call to family member in their language:

Father--------Appa
Mother-------Ama
Elder brother----Bubu
Younger brother---Hu
Elder sister-------Tete
Younger sister-------Humi

Some name of animals to know in Thami langaue:

Buffalo-----Mechha
Cow-------Mamashya
Ox----------Papashya
Dog-------Kuchu

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