Economic Activities among Barra Community in Sindh, Pakistan: A Case study of Matli Town, District Badin

  • Naveed Ahmed Lashari Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Anwaar Mohyuddin Quaid-i-Azam University
Keywords: Community, Subsistence Economy, Socio-Economic Activities, Begging


This Research paper deals with ethnography of Barra community with special focus on their economic activities.  Main concern of research paper is to present a holistic view of this community in general and particular question the relationship between their income generating activities and social life. Research paper is an attempt to provide the analysis of community and way they organize to carry out socio-economic activities. Every community has a distinctive culture, which refers to customary behavior and beliefs that are passed on through the process of enculturation. Barra is a word which is used for calling a boy or child of Ghara community which is now the identity of Ghara community but before the partition they were known as “GhargulaFaqeer” which is another caste of community because their occupations were same , they both sell handmade pots; toys and other things with selling hand made things they were used to beg too but slowly and gradually they diverted toward begging and their identity changed in the process and  they started to known as “Barra”.They are nomads where ever they found the empty plot and someone give them protection and provide them safety. They have been living in Matli from century and half but as they are nomads so they pasture from one place to another but their center always been Matli.They are Hindus and belong to scheduled caste but they don’t consider themselves “Shudar”.


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Author Biographies

Naveed Ahmed Lashari, Quaid-i-Azam University

Department of Anthropology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, PAKISTAN

Anwaar Mohyuddin, Quaid-i-Azam University

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, PAKISTAN


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How to Cite
Lashari, N. A. and Mohyuddin, A. (2012) “Economic Activities among Barra Community in Sindh, Pakistan: A Case study of Matli Town, District Badin”, ABC Journal of Advanced Research, 1(2), pp. 85-93. Available at: (Accessed: 22November2019).
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