Maratha clan system

The Marāthā clan system (also referred to as Śahāṇṇava Kuḷī Marāṭhās, 96 Kuli Marathas or 96K) refers to the network of families and essentially their surnames, within the Maratha and Kshatriya culture of India. The Marathas primarily reside in the Indian state of Maharashtra, with smaller regional populations in other states.[1] Various lists have been compiled, purporting to list the 96 "true Maratha" clans, but these lists vary greatly and are disputed.[2][3] The list of ninety-six clans is divided into five ranked tiers, the highest of which contains the five primary Maratha clans.[4]

See also


  1. "Maratha (people)". Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2009.
  2. Kathleen Kuiper, ed. (2010). The Culture of India. Rosen. p. 34. ISBN 9781615301492.
  3. Rosalind O'Hanlon (2002). Caste, Conflict and Ideology: Mahatma Jotirao Phule and Low Caste Protest in Nineteenth-Century Western India. Cambridge University Press. pp. 17–. ISBN 9780521523080. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  4. Louis Dumont (1980). Homo hierarchicus: the caste system and its implications. University of Chicago Press. p. 121. ISBN 9780226169637. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
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