Volume : X, Issue : VI, June - 2020

Ethnographic Profile of Agnikula Kshatriyas (fishermen community) of Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr D. S. R. S. Prakash, V. Govinda Rao

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The present paper reports the ethnographic profile of Agnikula Kshatriyas endogamous caste population or fisherman community living in coastal belt in east and west Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. This paper is based on the data collected through various ethnographic techniques in some villages of Narasapuram mandal. The social status of this backward caste is very low in coastal areas. However, they claim superior status over scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. It is a patriarchal society. And it possessed a few sub–castes and several exogamous patrilineages. Uncle–niece marriages and cross cousin marriages are highly preferred. Child marriages are not unusual. And monogamy is common. It is a patriarchal society and patrilocal residence is the norm. People are nonvegetarians. Most of the Agnikula Kshatriyas people are illiterate. Occupationally, these people have the history of being involved in fish catching in local canals, Godavari rivers and in bay of Bengal sea and sell the fish in the local markets and called them as fisherman.. However, many of the Agnikula Kshatriyas endogamous population have changed their occupation into local jobs. Religion of the Agnikula Kshatriyas endogamous population is animistic and the influence of Hinduism and Christianity is noticed. This paper also reports various ceremonies and rituals associated with various life cycle events namely, birth, naming, menarche, marriage, divorce and death

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ETHNOGRAPHIC PROFILE OF AGNIKULA KSHATRIYAS (FISHERMEN COMMUNITY) OF ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA, Dr D.S.R.S. Prakash, V. Govinda Rao INDIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH : Volume-10 | Issue-6 | June-2020


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