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Kutchi People

Other Spellings / Synonyms : Kachhi, Kachchhi, Kutchchi, Cuchi, Kutchie, Kachi

Religion : Hindu / Jain / Ismaili Muslim

Varna : Kutchis are the Brahmins (Rajgor Ganyathy Bhuj), Megvals, Visa Oshwal and Dasa Osval (Oshwal) Jains, Lwanas followers of Satpanth and various Muslim communities in the region.

Language : Kutchis are the Brahmins (Rajgor Ganyathy Bhuj), Megvals, Visa Oshwal and Dasa Osval (Oshwal) Jains, Lwanas followers of Satpanth and various Muslim communities in the region.

Regional Spread : The Kutchi people traditionally reside in the Kutch region of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Modern day Kachhis have moved out of Kutch to nearby commercial cities such as Ahmedabad, Baroda and Mumbai, and to neighboring states such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Punjab.

Traditional Occupation : Kutchi people are mainly into business of building and construction and can be referred to as either Bhimji, Khimji or Lalji.

Population : 866,000 approximately

Food Habits : Most Kutchis are vegetarian due to their religious background. Kutchi diet consists of a single healthy meal for all the daily meal times and is commonly known as "Kitchiri". It consists of a soggy mixture of rice and lentils and is nutritionally adequate to consume several times a day for the duration of the year.
Marriage Preference : Prefer marriage in their own community but these days Kutchi people have become open to matrimonial alliances with people of other communities.

About Kutchi People : Local people of Kutch are closely attached to Kutch culture and tradition. The traditional life for many Kutchi people was one of being nomadic or semi-nomadic pastoralists. Although most have now settled into villages, the agricultural and pastoral cycles still dominate the structure of their working lives. Kutchi women are a very strong force within the social structure.

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