Indian Family System

Indian Family System - FAMILY IN INDIA I Key features A...

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FAMILY IN INDIA I. Key features A. joint ("extended") family preferred; large is good B. patrilineal, patrilocal, patriarchal (exceptions in areas of South India, with Dravidian social roots) C. hierarchical structure D. commensal unity (shared kitchen and meals) E. fraternal solidarity (no primogeniture, except for royalty), with cousins on father's side as "brothers" F. center of ritual activity (especially home altar) G. family values: deference to authority (elders); solidarity; patience, not impulsive desires; sharing, not privacy; conformity H. Women’s role and status II. Family life and role in larger society
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A. social values (caste oriented) learned at home B. Family events were central social rituals: 1birth rites 2adulthood initiation (sacred thread ceremony) 3marriage ceremony 4funeral 5 shraddha (rice ball offerings in commemoration of ancestors)--the quintessential symbol of unity C. familial obligations came before others (e.g., service through one's trade to other villagers, participation in village temple activities, etc.) D. Familial obligations (including that of procreation)
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