tribal confederacy of Balochistan, in western Pakistan. Its members are mostly nomadic goat herdsmen, distributed from the Bolan Pass through the Brahui Hills to Cape Muari on the Arabian Sea. The Brahui language is a far northwestern member of the Dravidian family of languages, all of whose other members are spoken in peninsular India; it has borrowed heavily from Sindhi but remains in unexplained isolation among the surrounding Indo-Iranian dialects, to which it bears no genetic relationship. The Brahui are estimated to number about 1,560,000.
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