The ideal was the
extended family all lived under
The family was patriarchal. The father or oldest male had absolute
Family wishes came before individual wishes.
Early on, children learned family duties, such as obedience of caste
rules. This was called
Parents had a duty to arrange good marriages for their children, based
on caste and family interests.
The status and freedom of women decreased over time.
duties were to marry, obey her husband, and raise children.
was the practice in which wives of prominent men who died,
would throw themselves into the funeral pyre. If they failed to kill
themselves, they would be scorned.