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Since I have no idea what the human race is called in the "Galaxy far, far away..." but if I'm not mistaken Mandalorians are just like the human race. So I want to know if the Mandalorian race is an off shot of the human race or actually a unique race with some sort of adaption or something.

Let me know, I've always been confused.

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    By the way, Humans in the Stars Wars Universe are just Humans. – R. Martinho Fernandes Apr 22 '11 at 1:56
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Originally, the Mandalorians were the Taung species. They named the first planet they conquered Mandalore, in honor of their leader Mand'alor.

They led several expansion campaigns, and with time other species joined them in their conquests. Eventually the term "Mandalorians" came to describe their war-like culture more than the Taung species.

Later the Taung became extinct around the time of Mandalorian wars.

Wookiepedia has this to say:

Much like the Sith species which gave rise to the Sith Order, the name "Mandalorian" became associated with a multi-species culture of warrior clans, who, regardless of species, adhered to the tenets of the Mandalorians. These Mandalorians, who were mostly baseline Humans, held the legacy of the Taungs in high regard.

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    So the answer is no the Mandaolrians are not a race but the culture of the Mandalorains grew from a race. Giving the cultured, group of clans, the name "Mandalorians" or "The Mandalorian Race". Thanks! – JustinKaz Apr 21 '11 at 19:10
  • What does a Taung or the Taungs look like? – JustinKaz Apr 21 '11 at 19:10
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    @Justin Click the link in his answer. (i.e. the text "Taung species") – user1027 Apr 21 '11 at 19:32
  • Yep, already found out what they look like. Now I'm curious... how can their be so much information on the Mandalorian race...? But I bet its the Wiki thing all over again. I just wish they had a better ending than just dieing off. Sad :( I'm read (some) of this starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mandalorian – JustinKaz Apr 21 '11 at 19:38
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    See the Appearances section at the bottom of that page. Since Boba Fett's so popular, many authors have chosen to write about the source of his armor. So there's quite a few books, graphic novels, and games that references Mandalorians. – user1027 Apr 21 '11 at 21:30
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The Mandalorians started as the Taung species, hailing from Coruscant. When they finally found the planet Mandalore, their leader (himself named Mandalore) they took it and named that and Concord.

However, nowadays, the Mandalore name implies more of the culture and society than anything else.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Resol'nare

The Resol'nare, or Six Actions when translated from Mando'a into Galactic Basic Standard, were the central tenets of Mandalorian life. They consisted of wearing armor, speaking the language, defending oneself and family, raising your children as Mandalorians, contributing to the clan's welfare, and when called upon by the Mand'alor, rallying to their cause.1

Tradition dictated that anyone who wished to be considered Mandalorian were to abide by these guidelines and live these actions daily. Mandalorians whom did not follow the Resol'nare were considered to be dar'manda—someone who was ignorant of their Mandalorian heritage and bereft of their Mandalorian soul. The status of dar'manda was widely feared within Mandalorian society due to the belief it meant they were soulless and had no place in the Manda, the Mandalorian afterlife.1 Before and during the Mandalorian Wars, any and all non-Mandalorians were considered dar'manda and soulless from birth, until they joined the Mandalorians and lived by the Resol'nare. Groups of captured individuals would often be forcibly inducted into Mandalorian culture, and made to swear by the Resol'nare with or without their consent under the threat of death.[2] Such zealotry faded over time as the Mandalorians became a less religious and more secular society.1 Young Mandalorian children were taught a rhyme to help them learn the tenets of the Resol'nare, and their parents would explain the cultural significance of each tenet as they grew.[3]

True, Wookieepedia is not necessarily considered 'canon' but it's as close as we can get here.

If you need further clarification, you can always email Karen Traviss, who wrote and basically created the majority of Mandalorian lore for Star Wars.

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