Genealogy of the Kom


The Kom descent charter begins with the eponymous ancestor Kʹom and branches out to encompass the various agnatic descent groups. The charter down to the beginning of each separate descent group is shown below. Agnatic descent groups are called the "Boys" (-dâra) of the group's founding ancestor, as in Dümʹü dâra "Dümʹü's Boys." Click on the links to see each descent group's individual genealogy (genealogies for only some Dümʹü dâra branches are currently available).

In this and subsequent descent diagrams the scale on the left indicates the number of generations above that of current young adults (generation "0" = 1980 A.D.) in the longest generational line. Corresponding dates are rough approximations to reality, calibrated where possible to coincide with known birthdates. Outside of such calibration, dates are calculated based on a generation of 20 years, which accords well enough with observed rates.

It is not uncommon for a man´s sons to be born a generation apart to different wives. The cumulative effect of such late progeny may produce a disparity of several generations between agnates of senior and junior lines. Since kinship terminology is generational, such a disparity may require a grown man to reckon a toddler as his "grandfather" (vʹov).

The earliest part of the charter contains what appear to be names of significant places. Kʹom is the etymological descendent of Kâma, the name of the region at the confluence of the Kunar and Kâbul Rivers where the Kom lived a thousand years ago. Five undoubtedly collapsed generations later is the name Âṭʹol ‘Cliff', sometimes even given as Kâmʹaṭol ‘Kom Cliff', which is the name of the place from where the Kom came to their present location. One of Âṭʹol´s sons was Pʹiṭ, which means both ‘ridge' and ‘wooden part of a bow'. The former meaning could refer to "Clay Ridge" (Pâmʹuřipiṭ), the site of present-day Kombřom. Thus, encoded in the charter may be an indication that the Kom migrated to their present site some 23 generations ago, or around 1500 A.D.

Using this assumption, I have placed the ancestor of Kâňʹa´s (‘Blind One´s') Boys in the same generation as Pʹiṭ. Their precise linking in the charter is unknown, but they are reputed to be the descendents of a Kom´s marriage to the daughter of the blind Jâša leader who remained at Clay Ridge when the Kom took it over.



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Agnatic Ancestors
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29 1380 Kʹom
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28 1400 Šapʹana
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27 1420 Drʹuňi
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26 1440 Ârʹom
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25 1460 Drʹuňi
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24 1480 Âṭʹol ?
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23 1500 Dâdʹuk Pʹiṭ
Pʹiṭ's Boys
Kâňʹa's Boys
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22 1520 Didʹama Udʹař
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21 1540 Drʹuňi Ârʹamṣâi
Utʹo's Boys
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20 1560 Kuṇʹâk
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19 1580 Gʹečüř
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18 1600 Šâřvʹo
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17 1620 Âliʹos
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16 1640 Pʹuňuk Ṣʹoṣ
Lâṇʹa's Boys
Kʹurik
Bâṭʹor's Boys
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15 1660 Bâṭʹil
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14 1680 Bʹâsti Dʹoa˜lla
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13 1700 Gâlmʹer Ćʹük
Ćük's Boys
Bʹobür
Bâskiʹo's Boys
Gâřʹak
Gâřʹak's Boys
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12 1720 Čânlʹü Buc̣ʹik
Ârʹâi's Boys
Ünʹü
Bilʹa˜ Ṣea's Boys
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11 1740 Dümʹü
Dümʹü's Boys


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