Who are the Marathi people and how did they get their name?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Marathi caste originates in the state of Maharastra, India, and use the Marathi as their language. There are over 27 milion Indians that belong to the Marathi caste.

Being a Marathi is a symbol of distinction especially if you belong to the higher castes. This is because, per capita, they are actually the wealthiest population of India and...the home of Bollywood, which is the Indian equivalent of the performance arts industry of our Hollywood. In fact, Bollywood is so powerful that it is said that over 100 movies are made weekly, with India's over-the-billion inhabitant population avidly supporting the industry. 

Those Marathis who are not in these points of high society live a very drastically different lifestyle, in villages and mountains with no difference to what life was like centuries ago. This particular group, when they move to the cities, are known for ending up in slums. The Mahratta often intermarry with the Kumbi caste.

Although the Marathis are more progressive and liberal than the more conservative groups, they are known for their strong sense of nationalism, which is elicited mainly for the use of the Marathi language, as the mother tongue.  They are also known from their military ancestry as soldiers for the warrior king Shivaji.

mmlitten2 | Student

The Marathi people originate from the western India. Their name originates from the Maratha Empire that came to power in the late 17th century. 

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