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(bēlz), people, numbering about 3 million, who inhabit portions of Pakistan and of W central India, especially S Rajasthan and Gujarat states. They speak an Indo-European language, Bhili, and retain a distinctive culture, much affected by, but not absorbed into, Hinduism. They were traditional enemies of the Rajputs and allies of the Mughals.


See S. M. Doshi, Bhils (1971).



a group of related Indian tribes living mainly in the mountainous areas of the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bombay. There are about 2.8 million Bhils (1967 estimate). They speak Bhil dialects related to Indian (Indo-Aryan) languages. Their religion is Hinduism, but they preserve ancient animistic beliefs. The basic occupation is agriculture (cultivation of rice, millet, beans and vegetables); hunting and fishing play a major role in their economy. The Bhils are being assimilated by neighboring peoples (Rajasthani, Gujarati, and Marathas).


Narody Iuzhnoi Azii. Moscow, 1963.
Naik, T. B. The Bhils. Delhi, 1956.
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The Santhal, Munda and Bhil rebellions were some of the significant tribal responses to the colonial atrocities and injustice.
2002) has found little lower prevalence of anaemia in Bhil and Pawara tribes in Maharashtra but they too reported the higher prevalence of anaemia in females as compared to males.
Illness beliefs and health-seeking behaviour of the Bhil women of Panchamahal district, Gujarat state, in: Gittelsohn J et al.
Garli Bai, 32 years old, belonged to the Bhil tribe and lived in a village in a district neighbouring Barwani.