Introduction / History
The Bhulia are a caste of weavers who live mostly in Orissa in India. They are also known as Bholia, Bhoriya, Bholwa, Mehar and Mihir. They speak in Hindi. One legend says that the Bhulia migrated to Orissa with the first Chauhan Raja of Patna. It is thought they may belong to a north Indian caste who do not know their origin.
The Bhulia have a good position with the weaver caste. They have no sub castes. In Kalahandi one part is Sanpara Bhulias. They have two gotras (clans) who do not influence their marriages. There are several exogamous groups known as Vansa. This means they choose partners from outside their Vansa. The names of these Vansas come from villages, titles or nicknames. The territory names of the sub castes of Bhulias come from the villages where they live at the present time.
Marriage with the same exogamous group is not allowed. They have customs for their weddings. The bridegroom is expected to carry the bride seven times around the sacrificial fire in a basket. If he cannot, the grandfather of the bride carries them both. The married couple go back to the village after the wedding ceremony. Divorce is allowed and widows can marry again. The Bhulia eat meat and drink alcohol.
The Koshtas of Chhattisgarh have a sub caste called Bhoriya which is one of the alternative names of the Bhulia. The Bhulias have the same position as the Koshtas.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Bhulia are Hindu by religion.
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