The Thakali (ethnic group) [Photo gallery]
The Thakali are an indigenous ethnic group of Nepal whose rise of power is dated to mid-19th century. Alternative spelling: थकाली (thakālī). The following museum exhibitions are from the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara.
The Thakali people came from Thak Khola, the high valley of the Kali Gandaki River four to six day walk northwest of Pokhara in western Nepal. So they are called/named Thakali through the name of their ancestral living place Thak Khola.
Thakali's religion is Buddhism. Thakalis language belongs to the Tibet-Barman family, along with related dialects of Gurung, Magar and the like.
The Thakalis like other Ethnic groups have many clan groups (Thars) Such as Gauchan (Chhyoki), Tulachan (Salki), Sherchan (Dhaimchen) and Bhatachan (Bhurki) but there are four clan groups known as Hirachan, Mabachan, Lalchan Juharchan. The Thakalis have got their own festive occasions; Lha Phewa, Toran Lha, Pralo and syo syo as major festivals among Thakalis, The main festival of the Thakali is well known as a 12 years cycle fair.
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