ETHNONYMS: Ghurbat, Gurbet, Qorbat


Kin Groups and Descent. The Ghorbat were divided into three major lineages, which were further divided into a total of eighteen patrilineal descent groups. Following the principle of segmentary systems, each of these descent groups was further divided on an average every second generation.


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