|c. 16 million|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Nepali language (Khas Kura) as mother tongue|
Khas people (Nepali: खस जाति) are people of Indo-Aryan ethno-linguistic group. They are indigenous native speakers of Nepali language (Khas Kura; translit.Khas speech) which is an Indo-Aryan language. Khas people have been referred as Parbatiya and Pahari or Gorkhali. Khas are most dominant faction in Nepal. They are around 31% of Nepal but nearly two thirds of government officials. The word “Khas” is little used in modern times. Khas peoples call themselves by their group names such as Bahun, Kshetri, Sanyasi/Sannesi, Kami, Damai, etc.
History[change | change source]
Khas people have been described as of Indo-Aryan genes. Khas people consists of Bahun (Khas Brahmin), Chhetri & Thakuri (Khas Kshatriyas), Sanyasi, Kami, Damai, Gandharbha/Gaine, Badi and Sarki people. Many historians referred dominant Thakuri and Chhetri as Khas Rajputs.
Modern day[change | change source]
Khas people continue Hindu religion with some ancestral deity called Masto gods.
Khas family names[change | change source]
Bahun, Chhetri & Thakuri[change | change source]
Acharya, Adhikari, Aryal, Bam, Baral, Basnet/Basnyat, Bhandari, Bhattarai, Bista/Bisht, Budathoki, Chand, Chauhan, Chhetri, Dahal, Devkota, Dhakal, Gautam, Ghimire, Karki, Kattel, Katuwal, Khand, Khadka, Khanal, Khatri/K.C., Koirala, Kunwar, Lohani, Oli, Mainali,pathak, Panta, Pandey, Hamal, Malla, Poudel/Paudyal, Pokharel, Rana, Rijal, Regmi, Sitoula, Sapkota, Shah, Sen, Shahi, Silwal, Singh, Thakuri, Thapa, Upadhyay, Wagle, Wasti, etc.
Sanyasi (Dasnami)[change | change source]
Bharati, Giri, Puri, Yogi, etc.
Khas Dalits[change | change source]
Badi, Bishwakarma/B.K., Damai, Dholi, Gandharbha, Kami, Nagarchi, Pariyar, Ranapaheli, Sarki, Sundas, etc.
References[change | change source]
Books[change | change source]
- John T Hitchcock (1978), Himalayan Anthropology: Indo-Tibetan interface
- Richard P Burghart (1984), The Formation of the Concept of Nation-State in Nepal