Peoples and Ethnic Groups: Tribal Society - Tribal Life

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To understand Pashtun and Baluch tribal life it is important to comprehend pastoral/nomadic societies. Pastoral and nomadic cultures around the world are characterized by extremely strong family ties. Their whole world lies within family clans and families are very protective. Extended family members are the only ones in whom they trust; for whom their best interests are held. The ideology that guides their lives centers on honor, pride, and deference.

As mentioned previously, tribes are fiercely independent and prefer to look after their own resources. Families, towns, or tribes regularly take collective action to support one another in weddings or deaths, harvesting, construction of buildings, and building and maintaining water channels.

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