PEOPLE OF INDIA.
A SERIES OF
WITH DESCRIPTIVE LETTERPRESS,
THE RACES AND TRIBES OF HINDUSTAN,
ORIGINALLY PREPARED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF
THE GOVERNAMENT OF INDIA,
REPRODUCED BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR
INDIA IN COUNCIL.
J. FORBES WATSON AND JOHN WILLIAM KATE
THE HIMALAYAN TRIBES
“The Goorungs of Nipal are a division of the “Purbuttiahs,” and therefore
They live on the hills, uniformly selecting an altitude of
5000 or 0000 feet, especially between Jumla and Kirant, where they rear immense
flocks of the Barwal goat.
They exhibit, in common with most of the aboriginal
tribes of Nipal, a modified form of the Mongolian type, retaining, like the Magars,
their own vernacular tongue, though, from long intermixture with the Khas, they
have also acquired the language of the latter.
Their original seat is supposed to be in the valleys around the peak of Gosainthan ;
and they retain to a certain extent the the manners and religion of their ancestors,
though the latter has in some degree
been mixed with Hinduism ; mainly, it would seem, because this is the religion
of the reigning family, whom they serve largely in the capacity of soldiers.
From their “energy of character, love of enterprise, freedom from the shackles of
caste, unadulterated military habits, and perfect subjectibility to discipline,”
they are eminently fitted for a military life.
The Goorungs are subdivided into no less than forty-two banches.”