are any number of septs of Kanaits or Rajputs, but very few of Brahmins. Fraser did not
find any Brahmins and observed that "No Brahmins have ever settled in this district
nor will they go there; perhaps the poverty of the country, and the privations necessarily
to be suffered during residences there, have deterred these holy men, who usually seem to
prefer those places which afford them all the comforts of life Edward Thornton**
observed," The religion of Koonawur is Brahminism in the south; in the north, Lamaic
Buddhism; in the middle, a mixture of the two systems.
1.. Wilson, Andrew, Abode of Snow.
2. Gerard, A., An account of Koonawur in the
3.Gerard,Lloyd William Alexander, narrative of
a journey from Caunpoor t the Boorendo pass in the Himalay Mountains.
4. Punjab State Gazetteer, Simla Hill States,
5.Hutton, Thomas Lieut, journal of a State tour
Kanawar, Hungrung, and Spiti,1838.
6.Fraser, james Ballie, Journal of a Tour
through part of the Snowy Range of the Himalay Mountain, and to the sources of the riviers
Jamna and Ganges, 1820.
There prevails a regularly graduated transition
from one to the other. Thus, Brahmins are not met with beyond Saharun, near the southern
boundary, where they officiate at the shrine of the sanguinary female divinity Bhima Kali,
to whom, at no remote period, they offered human sacrifices.