The Family and the Patrilineage

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI:
The Family and the Patrilineage

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This chapter examines the ‘external order’ of the household, that is, the interrelations between households constituting a wider grouping. A Pandit household does not commonly live in isolation in a village. In most cases its natal members have patrilineal kin living with them in the same village, albeit in another or other households. All such agnatically related households taken together constitute a kotamb (derived from the Sanskrit kutumba, meaning ‘family’ or ‘household’). The chapter discusses the compound and the neighbourhood; dispersed ‘kotamb’; inter-household relations within the ‘kotamb’; hostility between cousins; and the patrilineage.

Keywords: Pandit households; external relations; patrilineal kin; kotamb; inter-household relations

Chapter.  8455 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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