Bahun

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Bahun (Pahadi Khas Brahmin/Nepali Brahmin)

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Total population
32 lakhs (12.2% of Nepal), as per Nepal Census 2011
Regions with significant populations
   Nepal
Languages
Nepali language (Khas Kura) as mother tongue
Religion
Hinduism (99% approx.) with ancestral deity worship
Related ethnic groups
Brahmin, Khas, Garhwali, Kshetri, Thakuri

Bahun (Khas Brahmin) (Nepali: बाहुन) are group of people belonging to Brahmin caste in Khas group, an Indo-Aryan ethno-linguistic group. Generally, the Parvate/Pahari (hilly) Brahmins are called as Bahuns or Khas Bahuns. Bahuns mainly served as priests, teachers and astrologers as per their caste. Bahuns were able to hold government offices, administration and politics.

Bahun (priest) with traditional Dhaka topi

According to 1854 Muluki Ain (Legal Code) of Nepal, Bahuns belong to sacred thread bearers (Yagyopavit) and twice born (Dvija) Hindus.[1]

Khas Bahun family names[change | change source]

Acharya, Adhikari, Amgain/Apagain, Aryal/Arjyel, Awasthi, Bajgain, Banjade, Banskota, Banstola, Baral, Bastakoti, Bhandari, Bhatta, Bhattarai, Bhusal, Bista, Burlakoti, Chalise, Chataut, Chapagain, Chaugain, Chaulagain, Dahal, Dawadi/Duwadi, Devkota, Dhakal, Dhital, Dhungana, Dhungel, Dixit, Gautam, Gelal, Ghimire, Ghorasaini, Guragain, Gyawali, Humagain, Jaishi, Jamarkattel, Joshi, Kafle, Kattel, Khanal, Kharel, Khatiwada, Koirala, Lamsal, Lekhak, Lohani, Luintel, Mainali, Marasini, Mishra, Nepal, Neupane, Niroula, Ojha, Oli, Padhya, Pandey, Pandit, Paneru, Panta, Parajuli, Pathak, Phuyal, Pokharel/Pokhrel, Poudel/Paudyal, Prasain, Pudasaini, Rijal, Rimal, Regmi, Rupakheti, Sanjel, Sangroula, Sapkota, Sedhain, Sharma, Shiwakoti, Sigdel, Silwal/Siluwal, Sitoula, Subedi, Thapaliya, Timsina/Timalsina, Tiwari, Trital, Upadhyaya, Upreti, Wagle, Wasti/Osti, etc.

References[change | change source]

  1. Democracy, Pluralism and Change.