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A tribe is viewed, historically or developmentally, as a social group existing before the development of, or outside of, states. Many anthropologists used the term tribal society to refer to societies organized largely on the basis of kinship, especially corporate descent groups. The name "Tribe" is one that anthropologists are trying to move away from and tribes are now being referred to as a Segmentary Society. A segmentary society is larger than a mobile hunter-gatherer group, but is smaller than a chiefdom. The typical size is more than a hundred but not bigger than a few thousand. These societies are farmers and their diet mainly consists of cultivate plants and domesticated animals; few are nomad pastoralists. The society consists of individual communities which are then connected to the large society through kinship. Segmentary societies have Religious elders and caledrical rituals. Hierarchy is not based on age, gender or ability- but is based on small attributes, such as birth order. They do have officials and some even have a capital, but the officials do not have a strong amount of power. A segmentary society was the society that all early farmers had. They typically live in villages or settled agricultural homesteads. Their homes and society are settled. (via Freebase)