Chhetri

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Khas Chetri

The Chhetri (also known as Nepal Kshatriya) is the largest caste-group among the Khas ethnic-group in modern Nepal making up 17.31% of the country's population. Chhetris are overwhelmingly Hindu (99.48% according to the 2000 Census) and are believed to be Indo-European-Aryans(while some have interbred with Mongoloids ). The word "Chhetri" is derived from the Sanskrit word "Kshatriya" which is a name for the warrior caste. In Hindu caste hierarchy Kshatriyas rank second after the priestly Brahmin caste. Nepal's former royal family belongs to the Thakuri subdivision of the Chhetri cast. Chhetri's are the culturally, politically, and socially dominant ethnic/caste group in Nepal. Chhetris and Thakuris comprise some 42% of the Hindu population of the Middle Hills (excluding indigenous janajati ethnic groups such as Newar, Magar, Gurung, Thamang etc. that follow different mixtures of Hinduism and other beliefs). This greatly exceeds the proportion of Kshatriyas among Hindus in the Nepalese Terai and in adjacent parts of India.

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