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Lahule Tribe

Lahule is a tribal community inhabiting parts of Lahaul and Spiti District in Himachal Pradesh. They are usually found in a valley, which lies on the traditional trade routes to Ladakh, Sinkrang and beyond. The designation ‘Lahule’ means ‘the denizens of Lahaul.’ They are a mixture of the aboriginal Munda Tribe and Tibetans.

In addition to farming, these aboriginal engage in trading. Lahules have their own secretive customs and regulations. They are classified into upper and lower classes. Brahmins and Thakurs are considered as the higher caste. The members marry within their own tribe.

Virtually Lahules follow Buddhism. Each well-heeled family has its own shrine with a statue of Buddha in it. Trilokinath is their chief temple. Lahauli is a dance form performed by the Lahule Tribe during special ceremonies.

Updated on 1st July, 2014
District: Lahaul and Spiti


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