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performing the above rites. The people of the jangam community
are also in various walks of life such as government service, trade
and business and cultivation. A few people of jangam caste are
rich, while many of them belong to middle class
and lower income brackets. They live along with people of other
castes in the main localities of the town and villages and they do
not suffer any discrimination in this regard.They were never treated
as untouchables.

They draw water from the wells used by upper caste Hin-
dus. They were free to enter temples. They are priests in
Mallikarjunaswamy temple in Srisailam belong to this community.
They are traditionally vegetarians. They interdine with caste Hin-
dus. They take only dry ration from the scheduled castes and
Sudras like Dhobis, barbers etc., when they render religious serv-
ice to them.

The Jangams referred to above, who are treated as a back-
ward class are thus different from Beda Jangam/Budaga Jangam
people who were enumerated as a scheduled caste, in regard to
their way of life, habitation, culture, social status and food habits
etc., One is very different from the other.

The field enquiries further revealed that members of the
aforesaid Jangam Community are taking undue advantage of the
similarity in nomenclature of these two castes and started styling
themselves as BedaJBudaga Jangams from the time of removal
of area restriction in 1976, with the ulterior motive of the benefits
of scheduled caste, by sysmatic and sustained efforts through an
association formed for the purpose. As a result Beda Jangam
(Scheduled) certificates were obtained by a number of persons of
Jangam Community, a non-scheduled caste community, by mis-