Genetics Versus Culture, Linguistics and History as Seen in the Jirels of Nepal

  • Marisa Alyn Groveman
  • Published 2016


The Jirels of Eastern Nepal are the focus of this study because they are an interesting population from a molecular genetic standpoint due to their possible relationships to other populations throughout Asia, their internal clan structure and migration patterns, and the oral history concerning their origins. This oral history relates that the Jirels are a hybrid population of Sunwars and Sherpas that formed approximately eight generations ago. Using both mitochondrial DNA analysis andY -chromosome analysis, because they are both uniparentally inherited along the male and female lines respectively, will help determine the relationship of the Jirels to the Sunwars and Sherpas, as well as the internal structure of the Jirels, and the relationship of all three populations to neighboring Asian populations. This study will therefore explore questions about the Jirels through existing ethnographic, linguistic, historical, and genetic data and will then explain how molecular genetic methods can be used to further answer these questions.

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@inproceedings{Groveman2016GeneticsVC, title={Genetics Versus Culture, Linguistics and History as Seen in the Jirels of Nepal}, author={Marisa Alyn Groveman}, year={2016} }