Introduction / History
The Dhimar are a caste of fishermen and palanquin (a kind of sedan chair) bearers. They work sometimes as boatmen. They can also at times work in cultivation along the river bank. Sometimes they are water carriers and can sell sweet potatoes, dry grains, rice and boiled plums.
They are also called by the names of the Bhoi, Kahar, Machandar, Baraua and Palewar.
First cousins are not allowed to marry each other. Widows can marry and also divorce is permitted but does not happen often. Children are named on the day they are born or 12 days later. They are poor and bury their dead, as cremation tends to be too expensive.
In some places in India they are distinct castes. That does not tend to be the case in the Central Provinces.
Where Are they Located?
They are mainly living in the Central Provinces.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Dhimar are Hindus who worship Dulha Deo. They also worship the major Hindu gods like Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman and Lakshmi. The Tamboli of different regions worship local gods also and they celebrate Hindu festivals such as Holi and Diwali.
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