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The origin and meaning of the word Dangi cannot be asserted with exactness. There are many different interpretations of the word. It is associated with the geographical nature of the county where the Dangis might have lived.

Dang in Sanskrit refers to a high upland region. As such, Dangis may be the inhabitants of the Dang region. That is south of the Tapti to the Southern Rajasthan. Even the Dangis are called by their genetic name by virtue of their occupation of high land region which is imprically established.

On the basis of the data regarding the distribution of Dangis in Rajputana provided by the Rajputana Census of 1931 in Rajasthan. It could be said that they are distributed in the high land areas. It thus appears that the word Dangis might have its origin in the geographical characteristic of their habitant.

The exact origin of the word Dangi can be examined from another point of view also, viz on the linguistic basis. According to Sir George Abraham Grierson, linguistic survey of India, Vol IX, Part III, the word Dangi refers to certain dialects spoken in the hilly region known as the Dangis as well as Northern parts of the former state of Jaipur including the Karauli area where Dangi is spoken as sub-dialect of Braj Bhasha.

It is difficult to state with any degree of certainty about the origin of Dangis. Though by profession the Dangis can be classed under the Vaishyas, one among the four principal Castes, it fails to throw any light on their origin. The M.A. Sherring (Hindu Tribes and Castes, Vol II, PP.105–106) makes only a passing reference to the Dangi being a tribe of good cultivation in the Sagar District. According to a Kalu Ram Bhat of Village Shobhagpura (Rajasthan) the Dangis are "Yaduvanshi" or "Chandravanshi", i.e. of the lunar race. According to him the Dangis originally belong to the region of Mathura from where they migrated towards south to Gujarat via Malva from where they moved either westward from Malva or north ward from Gujarat.

The movement of Krishna from Mathura to Dwarka as related in the Mahabharata (the great Indian epic) may have some bearing on the movement of the various Yadava Tribes including the Dangis from the Gangetic plain to the south in the Gujarat.

According to several local Dangis families, it was learned that among the places of pilgrimage in the preferential order, the first place is given to place called Salada near Jaisamand lake in Udaipur district followed by pilgrimage to Dwarka and also to Ganga for holy dip recent to Northward movement.

Locally, in Rajasthan and Gujarat the Dangis are also referred as Patels, a term commonly used.

Dangis have a well built physique and are always found alert. The Dangi ladies are more fair skinned and are very active. Dangis go for good quality of land, economically, socially and psychologically. Dangis are prosperous, reputed and sagacious people. They are hard working people and all the time remain clinging to their agricultural pursuit. The Dangi are more inclined towards the religion. Being an agriculturist a Dangi family remains busy for whole of the year and thus may be considered as the most hard working caste of the society.

Although with the change in the society the Dangi class too is changing fast with the opening of schools in its own village, town and also in city for higher education. The Dangi has become aware of his hard work and with the sucking policy of Mahajan and thus started direct dealing with the nearby mandis and market to get reasonable and sufficient cash reward of his hard work.

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  • FACTS AND HISTORY OF "DANGI" CAN BE SEEN IN :-
#१. राम नारायण सिंह, "दांगी क्षत्रिय वंशावली", त्रिमूर्ति प्रिंटर्स, खुरई। 
#२. ड़ॉ० ए. एन. भट्टाचार्य और ड़ॉ आर. एन. व्यास, "हेविटेट इकानामी एण्ड सोसायटी, ए स्टडी ऑफ दांगीज, कान्सेप्ट पब्लिशिंग कम्पनी, न्यू दिल्ली १९७९।
#३. डॉ० जे. पी. सिन्हा, "भारतीय वांग्मय में दंगवै साहित्य, समाज और संस्क्ति", अर्विन्द ट्रेडर्स और प्रिंटर्स, हजारीबाग, १९९४
  1. ४. क्रुक-"ट्राइव्स एण्ड कास्ट ऑफ सेन्ट्रल प्रोविन्स ऑफ बिहार"
#५. जे. एच. हटन, "कास्ट इन इंडिया, ऑक्सफोर्ड प्रेस, लंदन १९६१
#६. जे. एस. धुरये, "कास्ट, क्लास एण्ड ऑकुपेशन", पॉपुलर बुक डिपो, १९६१
#७. डी. एन. मजुमदार, "रेसेज एण्ड कल्चर्स ऑफ इन्डिया", एशिया प. हा. म्बि. १९५८
#८. राणा रघुवीर सिंह और अजीज सिंह परिहार, "आदि क्षत्रियवर्तमान", गंगा ग्रंथागार, लखनऊ, १९५१
#९. भी. एल. दासोरा, "सोसल स्ट्रक्चर ऑफ मेवाण", १९४१
#१०. ए. जी. ग्रियर्सन, "लिंगविस्टीक सर्वे ऑफ इन्डिया", वॉल्युम-१० खण्ड दो और तीन, १९१०
#११. व्रंदावन लाल वर्मा, "विराटा की पद्मिनी", प्रभात प्रकाशन, दिल्ली-६, १९९५
  1. १२. पी. आर. वूम्ब, "एगरीकल्चरल ज्योगरफी ऑफ उदयपुर बेसिन" १९६५
#१३. एम्पीरियल गजेटियर ऑफ इन्डिया, वॉल्युम-३, १९९६
#१४. के. डी. अर्सकीन, "राजपुताना गजेटियर-मेवार सेसीडेन्सी",१९०६
#१५. डॉ० शिवगोपाल मिश्र, "दंगवै कथा", १४९३
#१६. योगी नरहरिनाथ, "दांगी शरण कथा", १६०८
#१७. नवलकिशोर सिंह, "दांगि संग्राम", १९३४
#१८. महेन्द्र सिंह दांगी, "स्वर्ग किन्नरी"
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