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Characteristics Of Indian Tribes

Mandelbaum mentions the following characteristics of Indian tribes:-

  • Kinship as an instrument of social bonds.
  • A lack of hierarchy among men and groups.
  • Absence of strong, complex, formal organization.
  • Communitarian basis of land holding.
  • Segmentary character.
  • Little value on surplus accumulation on the use of capital and on market trading
  • Lack of distinction between form and substance of religion
  • A distinct psychological bent for enjoying life.