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Historical Aspects of Caste in the Kandyan Regions with Particular Reference to the non-Goyigama Castes of the Kägalla District

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Eric P. Meyer

University Sorbonne, Paris City, FR
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Emeritus Professor, History of South Asia Inalco (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations)
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Archival material of the colonial period, especially at the grass root level, can provide a wealth of historical information on the hitherto little researched caste system of the Kandyan regions: it could shed light on the taxonomy, functional roles, historical evolution, and spatial distribution of castes. In this paper, emphasis is placed on the Kagalla district and on the dynamics of its so-called Duraya social groups. The political economy of the Kandyan kingdom was based on instrumentalization of the caste system: what remained of the caste category after its collapse is a basic issue underlying any study of caste under the British.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljh.v40i0.7229
How to Cite: Meyer, E.P., (2014). Historical Aspects of Caste in the Kandyan Regions with Particular Reference to the non-Goyigama Castes of the Kägalla District. Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities. 40, pp.21–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljh.v40i0.7229
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Published on 09 Dec 2014.
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