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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Dr Yulia Egorova

Egorova, Yulia & Perwez, Shahid (2012). Telugu Jews: Are the Dalits of coastal Andhra going caste-awry? The South Asianist 1(1): 7-16.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

In the context of religious conversion movements of low castes in India, many Dalit groups have embraced Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and even Jainism in order to restore egalitarian traditions. However, their conversion to Judaism is relatively unheard of in the academia. This essay throws light on the nature of these conversions by looking at a section of Dalit population in the coastal Andhra, who embraced Judaism two decades ago by declaring their community to be the descendants of the Children of Ephraim – one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.