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Balochi Britannica Concise
« on: April 19, 2007, 09:48:04 PM »
Balochi Britannica Concise


Balochi or Baluchi
Any member of a group of tribes speaking the Balochi language and inhabiting the province of Balochistan in Pakistan and neighbouring areas of Iran, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and the Punjab (India).

Some 70% of the total Balochi population live in Pakistan, where they are divided into two groups, the Sulaimani and the Makrani. Mentioned in 10th-century Arabic chronicles, they probably came originally from the Iranian plateau. Traditional Balochis are nomads, but settled agricultural existence is becoming more common. They raise camels and other livestock and engage in carpet making and embroidery


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Re: Balochi Britannica Concise
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007, 09:50:44 PM »
Balochi - group of tribes speaking the Balochi language and estimated at about 4,800,000 inhabitants in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan and also neighbouring areas of Iran, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Punjab (India). In Pakistan the Balochi people are divided into two groups, the Sulaimani and the Makrani, separated from each other by a compact block of Brahui tribes.

Balochi language - modern Iranian language of the Indo-Iranian group of the Indo-European language family. Balochi speakers live mainly in an area now composed of parts of southeastern Iran and southwestern Pakistan that was once the historic region of Balochistan. They also live in Central Asia (near Merv, Turkmenistan) and southwestern Afghanistan, and there are colonies in Oman, southern Arabia, and along the ...

Baluchi rug - floor covering woven by the Balochi people living in Afghanistan and eastern Iran. The patterns in these rugs are highly varied, many consisting of repeated motifs, diagonally arranged across the field. Some present a maze of intricate latch-hooked forms. Prayer rugs, with a simple rectangular arch-head design at one end (to indicate the direction of the holy city Mecca), are common. Normally, ...
Brahui language - isolated member of the Dravidian family, spoken in western Pakistan. All other Dravidian languages are spoken in peninsular India; Brahui's isolation from the other languages of the family has resulted in heavy borrowing from surrounding non-Dravidian languages (e.g., Balochi, Sindhi, Persian). Not a written language, Brahui is being displaced by neighbouring languages, and many of its speakers ...