The Castes and Tribes of Southern India

  title={The Castes and Tribes of Southern India},
  author={Edgar Thurston and Kaveri Rangachari},
THIS, if not quite the most workmanlike, may justly claim to be the most voluminous contribution to the publications of the Ethnographical Survey of India. The facts for which Mr. Thurston is personally responsible were collected in a series of tours throughout the Madras Presidency, in which he was able to combine the collection of specimens for the museum under his charge with a considerable amount of original work. He gives a lively account of the difficulties which he experienced in… 

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