Limbu is a branch of the Kirati tribe. They have a tradition
of inter marriage with other tribes particularly with the Lepchas and
in certain respects their habits are similar to those of the Lepchas.
They have also matrimonial relation with the Rai or Khambas. The Limbus
call themselves Yakthamba. One of the branches came via Lhasa and is called
the Lhasa gotra, while the other branch which came from Benaras is called
the Kashi gotra. The Limbu have their own priests, they are known
as 'Phedangba'. They conduct the religious ceremonies, and also deals
in omen and forecasts. They have their own language, called the Limbu
Kura. Limbu marriage is often conducted without the consent of the parents.