Anavils
Ahir (Ayar)
Bhil
Charan
Dubala
Jain
Kangashiya
Kapols
Kathi
Khoja
Kharwa-Khalsi
Koli
Lohanas
Mussalmans
Mer
Miyana
Nat-Bajaniya
Naagar
Padhar
Parsis
Patanvadia
Patidars (Patel)
Rajputs
Rabaris
Sindhis
Sidi
Targala - Bhavaya
Vanzara
Vadi
Vaghari
Vankar
Vohras

 

Vaghari is a word combined with two independent words-vagh means tiger and Ari means enemy. Vaghari means the enemy of the tiger. The Vaghari community was known for the skill in hunting. Vaghari used to wander in forests, obtained honey form the honeycombs, killed the flying birds and hunted the wild animals like tiger. These hunters were the protectors of human being form the wild animals at one time. The society respected them for their obligation. They used to live in tent like dwellings on the outskirts of the villages.
        They used to gather honey, herbal drugs and useful plants from the forests and provided to the society. That helped their own well being too. They still carry on this trade. They also deal in living creatures like rabbits and geese. Their main occupation these used to brush the teeth, preparing the grinding stones, repairing of tin utensils, sellings vessels for old and worn-out clothes as well as cane-work.
        Vedvaghari, one of the sub-castes of Vaghari community mainly deals in oxen. Their life style is similar to the life style of marvadi culture.
        The Vaghari are tall, thin and strong built. The male members of the community wear breeches in Saurashtra and short dhoti or trousers in Gujarat. Their shirts are with long sleeves and at times they wear old and worn-out coat too. They cover the head with colouring cloth. The Vagharis hardly stitch their torn clothes. They use old shoes. Some of the Vagharis youths love to wear a simple bracelet like anklet.
        The Vaghari women dress up in large-sized petticoat, blouse and a short saree celled chundadi. The Vaghari women in Saurashtra wear thepada, jimi and a thin cloth on the head. Their ornaments included small nose-rings; thick-wire necklace called hansadi and thick bangles in hand.