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THE TRIBES and CASTES of BENGAL.
Printed at the Bengal Secretariat Press.
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Agmdani, Agrasraddhi, a degraded sub-caste of Brahmans, ranking slightly above the Kcharji. They read mantms at the cremation of Brahmans and members of the Nava-Sakha, and take gifts (dan) at the first sraddh on the eleventh or thirty-first day after death, and at the subsequent monthly sraddhas for a year, after which time no more presents are given. Pure Brahmans will eat sweetmeats with the Agradani, but not rice. In Bengal they bear the ironical designations of Maha-Brcl,hman, Maha-purohit, MaM-sraddhi, Maha-puttra, Marui-pora Brahman and, in the rare instances when they have a smattering of Sanskrit, Pandit. In Behar they are called Maha¬Brahman and Kiintaha.