Bengali people

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Bengali people of Bangladesh

The Bengali people are a nation, of present-day Bangladesh today they are the ethnic community of the historic region of Bengal (now divided between the former East Bengal and the Union of India) in South Asia. They speak the Bengali (বাংলা Bangla), a language of the eastern branch of the Indo-Aryan languages. In their native language, they are referred to as বাঙালী (pronounced Bangali). They are an eastern Indo-Aryan people, who are also descended from Austro-Asiatic and Mongoloid peoples, and closely related to the Assamese, Biharis and other East Indians, as well as to Munda and Tibeto-Burman peoples. As such, Bengalis are a homogoneous but considerably diverse ethnic group with origins of many people stretching as far as Tibet and Iran. Bengali people are also found in great numbers in the Indian state of West Bengal. They are great believers of the Hindu goddess Kali. They possess a rich culture and a language of their own called Bengali. Their staple food is fish and rice.