The Chhantyal (ethnic group): photo 22
Photo 22 of 41 in Gallery: The Chhantyal (ethnic group)
Image title: Chhantyal bag made from ropes
Jal (जाल) or Jabo (जावो) refers to a “bag made from ropes” and are Nepali words also transliterated as Jāl, Jāla, Jala, Jābo, Jāvo or Javo.
The text in Devanagari reads:
जाल (डोरीले बुनेको झोला)
jāla (ḍorīle buneko jholā).
Plain text (initially IAST, brackets indicate Hunterian):
jala [jal] (dorile buneko jhola).
The Chhantyal people are an indigenous ethnic group from Nepal originating from the Himalayan region, with their roots dating to at least the late 16th century. Their religion is Buddhism but they have their own feasts and festivals. The Chhantyal people speak their own “Kham” language which is similar to the Gurung language in some extent.