Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Social Science - 403 pages
From India to Australia and from Cambodia to Tonga, to describe the myriad ethnicities and cultures within the region of South Asia and the Pacific as "diverse" would be a gross understatement. The modern lifestyles and cultural traditions of the peoples in this vast area of the world span a wide spectrum as a result of each nation's location, origin, and unique historical development

Ideally suited for high school and undergraduate students studying subjects such as anthropology, geography, and social studies, Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia provides clear, detailed, and up-to-date information on each major group in South Asian and Pacific Island countries, including India, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, Singapore, Australia, Tonga, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands

Organized alphabetically by ethnic group, each entry provides an introduction followed by accessible descriptions of the origins, early history, cultural life, political life, and modern history of the ethnicity. Alternate names, major population centers, primary languages and religions, and other important characteristics of each group are also covered. Beyond being a valuable resource for student research, this book will be enlightening and entertaining for general readers interested in South Asia and the Pacific
 

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Contents

Aborigines
1
Acehnese
4
Ahmadis
6
Ambonese
8
Andhrans
11
Assamese
13
Australians
15
Balawars
19
Marwaris
184
Meitheis
185
Micronesians
188
Minahasas
190
Minangkabaus
192
Minas
194
Mizos
196
Mons
198

Balinese
21
Baluch
24
Bamars
26
Banjars
28
Bantenese
29
Bataks
30
Bengalis
32
Betawis
35
Bhils
36
Bhutanese
38
Bikols
41
Bodos
42
Bougainvillians
44
Brahuis
47
Bruneians
49
Buginese
51
Cebuanos
53
Chamorros
54
Chams
57
Chhattisgarhis
59
Chinese Overseas Chinese
61
Cordillerans
63
Dayaks
67
Degars
69
Dogras
71
East Timorese
75
Fijians
79
Garhwalis
83
Garos
84
Gonds
86
Gorkhas
87
Gujaratis
89
HiligaynonIlonggos
91
Hindis
92
Hmongs
95
Ho
97
Hoas
99
Ibans
103
iKiribati
105
Ilocanos
106
Javanese
109
Jummas
112
Kachins
117
Kadazandusuns
119
Kanaks
121
Kannadigas
124
Kapampangans
126
Karbis
128
Karennis
129
Karens
132
Kashmiris
135
Khasis
138
Khmers
140
Khmus
142
Konkanis
144
Kumaunis
146
Ladakhis
149
Lahus
151
Lao
153
Madurese
157
Magars
158
Maithilis
161
Makassarese
162
Malayalis
164
Malays
166
Manggarais
168
Maoris Cook Islands
170
Maoris New Zealand
172
Mappilas
175
Marathis
177
Marquesans
179
Marshallese
182
Moors
200
Moros
202
Muhajirs
205
Mundas
208
Muongs
210
Nagas
213
Nauruans
216
New Zealanders
218
Newars
220
Niasans
222
Niueans
224
NiVanuatu
226
Nungs
229
Odias
233
Oraons
235
Palauans
239
Palaungs
240
Pangasinans
242
PaO
244
Papuans
246
Parsis
248
Pashtuns
250
Pattanis
254
Punjabis
257
Rabhas
261
Rajasthanis
263
Rajbongshis
266
Rakhines
268
Rapanuis
270
Rohingyas
273
Rotumans
275
Samoans
279
Santals
281
Saraikis
283
Sasaks
285
Shans
286
Sikhs
288
Sikkimese
293
Sindhis
295
Sinhalese
298
Solomon Islanders
300
Sumbanese
302
Sundanese
304
Tagalogs
307
Tahitians
309
Tais
311
Tamangs
313
Tamils
315
Tays
319
Telenganas
320
Tenggerese
323
Thais
325
Tharus
327
Timorese
329
Tokelauans
331
Tongans
332
Torajas
335
Tripuris
337
Tuamotuans
340
Tuluvas
342
Tuvaluans
344
Vietnamese
347
Wa
353
Wallisians and Futunans
355
Warays
357
West Papuans
359
Yao
363
Zomis
365
Geographical Index
369
Index
377
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