An inquiry into the ethnography of Afghanistan: (Um ein Verzeichnis d. Stammes- u. Clan-Namen sowie um eine Kt. verm. Nachdr. d. 1891 in Woking ersch. Ausg. Photomechan. Nachdr.)
by H.W. Bellew
ISBN 3201008087 (3-201-00808-7)
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Akadem. Druck- u. Verlagsanst, 1973
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1891. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... This completes the list of the Batani tribes. The large proportion of Rajput and Indian names amongst their clans and sections, and the abundant representation of the Yadu, or Gadun, Rajput of the Lunar race and Buddhist religion seem to warrant the conclusion that the Afghan patriarch, Shekh Bet, is the same personage as the Yadu patriarch Bhatti, described by Tod, as previously mentioned, and that the patronymic Batani is the same as Bhattiani. Pliny (Nat. Hist., 18), describing the nations dwelling about the mountain heights of Margiana and along the range of Caucasus (the modern Bala Murghab and Gharistan of the Kohi Baba branch of Hindu Kush), mentions the names of those about the river Mandrus (Helmand of our day), and then the names of those beyond them; and amongst the nations in the latter category appear the Bateni. The situation of the Bateni is not precisely defined, though, from their being mentioned along with the Matiani and the Syrmatai (the Sauromatai of Strabo), it is clear that they occupied portions of the Ghor, or modern Hazarah, country. This is the very region in which the Afghan tradition places the Batani and Mati, as well as the Sur, to which Shah Husen belonged. Pliny's Syrmatai, or Surmatai, apparently represent a mixed nation of the Suri and Mati, whose country probably was the western portion of the modern Hazarah. Pliny (whose death is dated 79 A.d.) describes the tribes as they were at the beginning of the Christian era. But the disturbances and revolutions attending the rise and spread of Islam produced great shiftings and dislocations of the population in these parts, so far as concerned the open and easily accessible country at all events; whilst the inaccessible mountain districts appear to have retained much of their ancient ...
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