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Ethnologue > Web version > Country index > Asia > India > Bagheli

Bagheli

A language of India

ISO 639-3: bfy

Population 396,000 in India (1997).
Region Northeast Madhya Pradesh, Satna, Rewa, Shahdol, Sidhi, Jabalpur, Mandla, Chhindwara districts; Maharashtra; Uttar Pradesh, Banda District. Also spoken in Nepal.
Alternate names   Bagelkhandi, Bhugelkhud, Mannadi, Riwai, Gangai, Mandal, Kewot, Kewat, Kawathi, Kenat, Kevat Boli, Kevati, Kewani, Kewati
Dialects Ojhi (Ojaboli, Ojha, Ojhe, Oza, Ozha), Powari, Banapari, Gahore, Tirhari, Godwani (Mandlaha), Sonpari.
Classification Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, East Central zone
Language development Devanagari script. NT: 1821.
Comments The Ojhi are seminomadic. Has had literature since the 16th century. Hindu, traditional religion (Ojhi).

Also spoken in:

Nepal

Language name   Bagheli
Population Ethnic population: 136,953 Kewat.
Region Koshi Zone, Morang District.
Alternate names   Bagelkhandi, Bhugelkhud, Mannadi, Riwai, Gangai, Mandal, Kewot, Kewat, Kawathi, Kenat, Kevat Boli, Kevati, Kewani, Kewati
Dialects Ojhi, Powari, Banapari, Gahore, Tirhari, Godwani (Mandlaha), Sonpari.
Language use Trade language.
Comments Gangai recognized as an official nationality by the Government of Nepal.