Household and the Family among the Pandits of Rural Kashmir: Concluding Review

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI:
Household and the Family among the Pandits of Rural Kashmir: Concluding Review

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This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions. In a study of Pandit kinship in rural Kashmir, the relations of the Pandits with the Muslims are not of any direct relevance. Not only are there differences of religion between them, but also of social organization and culture. The Pandits and the Muslims retain their separate identities by following their own customs and practices. The only significant groups found among the Pandits of Utrassu-Umanagri are based on kinship. The bonds of kinship divide the Pandits of a village into agnatic and non-agnatic kin. The smallest and most discrete kin group in Pandit society is the chulah, or the household. It is also functionally the most important group. In the structure and functioning of the chulah the importance of the bond of agnation, and the ‘patrilineal ideology’, is clearly indicated.

Keywords: Pandits; households; Muslims; Kashmir; kinship; chulah; agnation; patrilineal ideology; Utrassu-Umanagri

Chapter.  3222 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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