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We share stories of humans and life in Madhes - southern #Nepal. One story at a time. Also check us out on Instagram and Twitter @storiesofmadhes
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Stories Of Madhes19 hours ago
"I am Asha. No actually now I am Asha Devi because I got married last year, when I turned thirteen. My maternal uncle and his family arranged this wedding. I saw the photo of my would be husband before I was married.
I am staying with my mother but waiting for the right day for the Gauna. Then I will be gone to my husband’s home."
- Asha Devi, Barwa

Photostory by Pallavi #Nepal #Madhes
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Stories Of Madhes2 days ago
Tharus have rich art, culture and traditions. Using locally available materials, they decorate rice containers and external walls of their homes. Their ‘lathi naach’ (stick dance) has gained popularity and so, they often perform these traditional dances at resorts to amuse the tourists and earn a living in return.

Their traditional dresses are very colorful, unique, and adorned with jewelry.

This photograph is of two young women from the community of Rana Tharus in a village outside Dhangadhi, #Madhes, #Nepal. Tharu Community Madhesi Community

Photography by Jan Møller Hansen, commentary by Puru Shah #Nepal #Madhes
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Stories Of Madhes3 days ago
The history of #Tharus is one of exploitation, similar to fate of #indigenous communities around the #world. In his book, “Regionalism and National Unity in Nepal”, Frederick Gaige writes,

"Plains tribals such as the Tharus tend to have little sophistication about economic affairs. They are prone to borrow money without understanding the interest terms or the consequences of indebtedness, and thus fall prey to the false dealings of money-lenders and lose control of their land."

As unsophisticated #people, Tharus have suffered a lot. Many of them lost their lands to high-caste migrants from hill and plains region and became bonded laborers, known as ‘kamaiyas’. In its modern form, girls and young women are sold by their parents into indentured servitude under contract for periods of one year with richer, higher-caste buyers, generally from outside their #villages. This form of modern slavery was abolished only in 2000.

This photograph is of a girl living in a household with Rana Tharus in Dhangadhi, #Madhes, #Nepal. Tharu Community Madhesi Community

Photography by Jan Møller Hansen, commentary by Puru Shah #Nepal #Madhes
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Stories Of Madhes4 days ago
The #Tharu people are an ethnic group indigenous to the Terai-Madhes region in #Nepal. They constitute about 6.6% of the total population. There are several endogamous sub-groups of Tharu that are scattered over most of the Terai. One of the sub-groups of Tharu is Rana Tharu. They live mostly in the Kailali and Kanchanpur districts of the far western Terai. They claim their origin is Rajput which literally translates to ‘son of a #king’.

Although they have Rajput origin, they are a people of the forest. They lead simple lives and most of them are involved in #farming. Unlike other communities, many Tharus have chosen to remain in Nepal and continue subsistence farming instead of departing their #villages for #foreign employment in the Gulf region.

In the western #Terai, most #Rana Tharu prefer living in Badaghar called longhouses with big families of many generations, sometimes 40-50 people. All household members pool their labor force, contribute their income, share the expenditure and use one #kitchen.

This photograph is of a woman from the community of Rana Tharus in Dhangadhi, Madhes, Nepal. Tharu Community Madhesi Community

Photography by Jan Møller Hansen, commentary by Puru Shah #Nepal #Madhes
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Stories Of Madhes5 days ago
Only 26 percent of Muslim #women in Nepal are literate – the national average for women is 55 percent – while just 12 percent of Muslim #girls complete secondary #school.

This photograph is of a #Muslim family living in the rural areas surrounding the birthplace of Lord #Buddha in Lumbini. Madhesi Community

Photography by Jan Møller Hansen, commentary by Puru Shah #Nepal #Madhes
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Stories Of Madhes6 days ago
About 5 percent of people in Nepal are Muslims. And 97% of them live in the Terai-Madhes region. Districts with large #Muslim population include Sarlahi (9.9%), Rautahat (17.2%), Bara (11.9%), and Parsa (17.3%) in the central Terai, Kapilbastu (16.8%) and Banke (16%) in the western Terai and Siraha (7%) and Sunsari (10%) and Saptari (10%) eastern Terai.

#Hindus, #Muslims, and #Buddhists in #Nepal coexist, live peacefully and respect religious tolerance. However, Muslim communities are among the most marginalized groups in Nepal and women even more so.

This photograph is of a woman in her #home belonging to the Muslims communities in Western #Terai. Madhesi Community

Photography by Jan Møller Hansen, commentary by Puru Shah #Nepal #Madhes
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