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Guests are held in high esteem and considered a blessing from God. Better off people even slaughter sheep or goat for their guest.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 18:58 IST
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Though people speak different languages, there is a similarity in their literature, beliefs, moral order and customs. Brahui, Balochi and Pashtun tribes are known for their hospitality.

Guests are held in high esteem and considered a blessing from God. Better off people even slaughter sheep or goat for their guest.

At times, a guest is considered to be the guest of entire village. This open-heartedness is the loving feature of the tribal people, which is not found among city dwellers.

The Balochis are generally regarded as faithful and sincere in all relationships. There is no place or respect for unfaithful people in prevalent moral order. If fidelity is reciprocated with disloyalty or betrayal it is never forgotten.

Marriages are solemnised in presence of a religious teacher and witnesses. Life partners are commonly selected within the family (constituting all close relatives) or tribe.

Except a negligible fraction of love marriages, all marriages are arranged. Divorce rate is very low.

In some tribes, the takings of "Valver", a sum of money paid by the groom to his to be wife's family, also exist. But this custom is now gradually dying out since it has given rise to many social problems.