Jat clan system

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The Jat are an South Asian social and ethnic group and are divided into numerous clans, often referred to as a gotra. Generally, a clan name is unique to the Jat community.[1] There is no consensus as to the total number of Jat clans, but according to some estimates there number may be as high as 2700. Theoretically, a clan is descended from a common ancestor, and among those Jats who follow the Hindu and Sikh religion, marriage is forbidden with in the clan and is considered incestuous. Hindu Jat clans of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh further align themselves into a larger supra-clan organization, known as a khap. Jat clans also derive themselves from Chandravanshi, Suryavansha, Agnivansha and Nagavanshi lineages.[2]


  1. ^ Marshall, J., (Sir, Hon. Fellow of King's College, Cambridge University, and formerly Director-General of Archaeology ), A Guide to Taxila, Cambridge University Press, London, 1960, pp. 24.
  2. ^ Annotated by Vir Singh (2003). Kalika Ranjan Qanungo, ed. History of the Jats : contribution to the history of Nothern India (Upto the death of Mirza Najaf Khan, 1782) (1st ed. ed.). Delhi: Originals. ISBN 8175362995.