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The Bania otherwise known as Baniya, Vani and Vania is an occupational community of merchants, bankers, money-lenders, dealers in grains or in spices, and in modern times numerous commercial enterprises The term is used in a wider sense in Bengal than it is elsewhere in India, where it is applied to specific castes2
EtymologyeditA traditional Bania
Bania is derived from the Sanskrit word vaṇij or baṇij, which means merchant3 In western India the caste is called Vani or Vania Although in Bengal the term is applied to all people who are involved in moneylending and similar activities, elsewhere in India it is used in the more limited sense of referring to specific castes2
- ^ Gazetteer of the Union Territory Goa, Daman and Diu: district gazetter by Vithal Trimbak Gune, Goa, Daman and Diu India Gazetteer Dept, published by Gazetteer Dept, Govt of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, 1979
- ^ a b Schrader, Heiko 1997 Changing financial landscapes in India and Indonesia: sociological aspects of monetization and market integration LIT Verlag Münster p 68 ISBN 978-3-8258-2641-3 Retrieved 2012-02-09
- ^ Monier-Williams, Monier 1986 A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages New ed, greatly enl and improved ed Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass p 915 ISBN 81-208-0065-6
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