Language: Agariya

Classification

Agaria [agi] is listed in E16/E17/E18/E19 as a Munda language. First of all, the entry conflates information from different tribes with a similar sounding name ( W. Crooke 1896 ). Second there is no attested Agaria language ( Elwin, Verrier 1942 :xxvii) so any suspicions that they spoke a Gond (Dravidian!) language ( Jay Dimaggio 1991 , R. V. Russell and Hiralal, {} 1916 ) is undemonstrable. E16/E17/E18/E19 lists Agoria as a dialect name which seems to explain how the erroneous Munda affiliation came into place. It seems that E16/E17/E18/E19 confused Agaria with ``Aghoria'', an alternative name for the neighbouring group Asur who, like the Agaria, are iron-smelters ( Dalton, Edward Tuite 1872 , Elwin, Verrier 1942 :xxvii). Asuri [asr], which is an attested Munda language ( Sten Konow 1906 ), is already listed in E16/E17/E18/E19. This makes Agaria [agi] a spurious entry in any corrected reading of it since Asur is already listed in the E16/E17/E18/E19 and the assumed Dravidian-descendent Agaria language is not attested. See also: Asuri [asr].

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