Recruitment to the Household: (1) Birth and Adoption<sup>1</sup>

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI:
Recruitment to the Household: (1) Birth and Adoption1

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This chapter discusses recruitment to the Pandit household via birth and adoption. It covers the physical, supernatural, and cultural factors in childbirth; attitude toward sons and daughters; rituals and ceremonies connected with childbirth rules of adoption; consequences of adoption; the parent–child relationship; genetic and moral aspects; the nexus of religious rites; ritual initiation of boys; economic rights and obligations; and grandparents, parents and children in domestic life.

Keywords: childbirth; sons; daughters; adoption; parent–child relationship; religious rights; ritual initiation; grandparents; economic rights

Chapter.  10701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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