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Kashmiri Pandits: History and Social Organization

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069409.003.0004
Kashmiri Pandits: History and Social Organization

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This chapter describes the history and social organization of the Kashmiri Pandits. It begins with an overview of the Hindus of Kashmir covering population statistics, Pandits domiciled outside Kashmir, and Kashmiri Brahmans under early Muslim rule. It then discusses Pandit subscastes covering status and territorial distinctions among the ‘karkun’ and kinship and marriage among the Pandits.

Keywords: Hindus; Kashmir; Pandits; Kashmiri Brahmans; subcastes; karkun; kinship; marriage

Chapter.  5223 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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