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Mar 24, 2016

Portrait of Two Men Belonging to the Dosadh Ethnic Group - Eastern Bengal 1860's

Portrait of Two Men Belonging to the Dosadh Ethnic Group - Eastern Bengal 1860's

A Dosadh Syce
A Dosadh Syce

The Dosadh ethnic group were traditionally associated with Bihar though some families lived in Dacca (Dhaka, Bangladesh) during the nineteenth century. Dosadhs were worked as house bearers, syces, coolies and porters. Their patron was the Hindu demon Rahu although they also worshipped heroic members of the tribe outside of the Hindu pantheon.

Source: British Library (bl.uk)