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Title: Tribes
The Himalayas are home to several tribes, each with their distinct socio-cultural heritage and customs. Their populations are mainly adapted to the challenging topography and climate of the region, where remoteness and poor connectivity has often kept them away from external influences. In recent years, better communication facilities and road infrastructure have improved the local lifestyle, though often at the cost of cultural erosion. With a population of approximately 44 million people, the people living in the Himalayan belt exhibit a rich tapestry of distinct tribes. The people can be divided on the basis of their location, with Tibetan Buddhists inhabiting the Greater Himalayas (from Ladakh to the northeast), Hindus in the middle Himalayas (especially in Nepal) and Muslims in western Kashmir (owing to their proximity to Afghanistan). At many places, a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism is seen, a reflection of the intermingling of the peoples of this...
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Title: Socio-economic condition of the people in the Himalayas
The socio-economic lifestyle of the hill communities is a result of the intermingling of people with diverse backgrounds and their close interaction with the natural resources of the region. Inaccessibility, remoteness, poor communication and trade networks and the severe climatic conditions have also affected the evolution of the...
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Title: Religions and  Festivals
The inhabitants of the Himalayas are a diverse amalgam of people from various ethnic backgrounds (Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Mongoloid and Austro-Asian), leading to a multicultural diversity. This diversity finds vibrant expression in the differing belief systems and forms of religions practiced across the Himalayan region, each with their own...
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Title: Clothes of the Himalayas
The Himalayas are home to diverse groups of people, each with their unique ethno-cultural traits, which have been preserved mainly because of the geographical isolation of majority of these regions. In addition, every region and tribe has its characteristic traditional dress and costume. The traditional clothing of the various regions...
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