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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