Labana, Sikh in India

Population

362,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Introduction / History

Lobanas (or Labana) are a tribe which live all over India. Labanas have their own language called "Lubanki" which is a dialect. However, this language is only spoken by Labanas outside the Punjab, state of India. The Labanas of Punjab and Haryana are mostly Sikhs and speak mainly Punjabi or Hindi.

The term Lobana appears to have been derived from LUN ("salt") and the BANA ("trade"). The Lobanas were the great salt-carrying and salt-trading community. They were occasionally called Banjaras. Locally, they were known by different names in parts of the Panjab. In Ambala district, for example, on account of their versatility in adopting different vocations, the lobanas were called "Bahrupias"

It is said that Lobanas are of Turkish origin they travel from Turkey toward India and that is why they are also called "Banjaras" because during travel they have to set up some business on their way.

Different views are prevalent about the origin of the Lobanas. In Ludhiana and Jhang districts, the Lobanas claimed to be the descendants of Chauhan Rajputs of Jaipur and Jodhpur. In Gujrat district, they claimed to be Ragubansi Rajputs. The Lobanas of Kangra and Hoshiarpur districts claimed their origin from the Gaur Brahmins of Pilibhit. A good number of them traced their origin from Gaur Brahmins who came to the Panjab from Ranthambore in Aurangzeb's time.

It appears to be possibly appropriate to regard the Lobanas as a sub-division of the great Banjara tribe, forming one of their principal sub-castes.




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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Labana, Sikh
People Name in Country Labana, Sikh
ROP3 Code 113634
Joshua Project People ID 18128
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 362,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Labane, Labhana, Lavana, Lobana,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 315,865 Hindi 38,685 Bagri 7,900 Dogri 6,190
Haryanvi 1,760 Kumaoni 300 Garhwali 200 Kangri 180
Marwari 180 Bilaspuri 95 Awadhi 80 Kashmiri 30
Mewari 20 Pahari, Mahasu 20 Haroti 20 Dhundari 10
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch 10
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Labana, Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25n
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Largest Religion Other / Small
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
100.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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