Marwari

Marwari

About Marwari

The Marwari or Marwadi are an Indian ethnic group that originate from the Rajasthan region of India. Their language, also called Marwari, is a dialect of Rajasthani and is a part of the western group of Indo-Aryan languages. The term Marwari used once to refer to the area encompassed by the former princely state of Marwar, being the Jodhpur region of southwest Rajasthan in India. It has evolved to be a designation for the Rajasthani people in general but it is used particularly with reference to certain jatis that fall within the Bania ethnic category. Those communities, whose traditional occupation has been as traders, include the Agarwals, Khandelwals, Maheshwaris and Oswals. Dwijendra Tripathi believes that the Marwari term was probably used by the traders only when they were outside their home region; that is, by the diaspora. The Marwari traders have historically been migratory in habit.

Contributions by WilliamFord, Fconaway, and Bhadani.