Introduction / History
The Gaur Brahmin live in places in the north and north west of India. It has been said that they first came from Haryana. They are also called the Adi Gaur.
What Are Their Lives Like?
In Himachal Pradesh they live in most parts of that state. They speak Pahari and Hindi and read and write in Tankri and Devanagari. They are not vegetarians and they drink alcohol and smoke tobacco.
The Gaur Brahmin have four sub groups. They believe in adult marriages. Divorce is allowed for unfaithfulness and for difficulty in adjusting. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. On the death of the father, the oldest son becomes in charge of the home while property is divided equally among the sons. They cremate the dead except for children who are less than three years old who are often buried. There is a ten day period for death pollution.
The Gaur Brahmin work in agriculture and in horticulture. Some of what they cultivate are wheat, maize, mustard and sugar cane. Some do teaching and other work. Women also work in agriculture. They have community councils called Panchayats who judge in matters such as divorce for example.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Gaur Brahmin are Hindus by religion and are mostly Shaiva. They worship the main Hindu deities.
* Pray that God gives the Brahmin Gaur dreams and visions as is happening to many Hindus, leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the pride of being a higher caste Brahmin will not get in the way of their Salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
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