Subcast

The internal structure of the Kunbi caste in the Central Provinces shows that it is a mixed occupational body recruited from different classes of the population. Kunbis from Maharashtra have a 12 ½ Subcaste (Known as SaadeBara Upjaati)

The Sub-Castes of kunbis are Jhare, Manwa , Khaire, Dhanoje, Khedule, Bawane, Tirole, Lonhare, Ghatole, Wandhekars, Wanjari, Jadhavs and Valte.

BAWANE the important sub-castes both in Berar and the Central Provinces, and take their name from the phrase Bawan Berar, a term applied to the province by the Mughals because they paid fifty-two lakhs of revenue, as against only eight lakhs realised from the adjoining Jhadi or hill country in the Central Provinces.

Mainly the Bawane’s are farmer and the other are well learned and works in Government and Private firms and now gaining the name all over the world.

Population wise they are most in Nagpur, Bhandara , Kuhi, Ramtek and Umred Tahsil.

Clans of Kunbis

Each sub caste of Kunbi community has various exogamous clans. Some of these clans are named after animals or certain villages. Bawane sub-caste has clans namely Dokarmare, Titarmare, Lute, Kantode, Patre, Naktode, Bagmare, Burud and others. A man is not permitted to get married within his own clan or kul. Union between first and second cousins is also forbidden. In olden days Girls in Kunbi community get married within the age of five and eleven and boys get married between ten years to twenty years but now Girls are married after 18 and Boys after 21. Polygamy is allowed in their community however it is least practiced. Divorce and widow re-marriage is also allowed in Kunbi community.