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Maitili Tribe

Maitili tribes are a very religious people settled in the Mithila region of northern Bihar. Their region is surrounded by the Ganges River (in the south) and the Himalayas (in the north).

Most of them belong to the Brahman community and other higher castes of Hindus. Their houses are adorned with geometrical patterns and figures of gods. Maitili women practice traditional folk art. Maitili or Anga is the language spoken.

Maitilis are divided in to different sub-groups such as the Srotiyas, the Yogyas, the Panjibahas and the Jaibaras. These are organized into consecutive ranks with each level subordinate to the one above.

Marriage (jauna) and death are two of the most important ceremonies among the Maitilis.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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