Gough, Kathleen, 1925-. Nayar: central Kerala

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Title: Nayar: central Kerala

Published in: Matrilineal kinship, edited by David M. Schneider and Kathleen Gough

Published By: Matrilineal kinship, edited by David M. Schneider and Kathleen Gough Berkeley ; Los Angeles: University of California Press. 1961. 298-384, 742-746 p. map

By line: Kathleen Gough

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File

Culture: Kerala (AW11)

Subjects: Castes (564); Rule of descent (611); Lineages (613); Kin relationships (602); Kinship terminology (601); Settlement patterns (361); Tillage (241); Cereal agriculture (243); Real property (423); Community structure (621); Community councils (623); External relations (648); Taxation and public income (651); Warfare (726); Form and rules of government (642); Military organization (701); Household (592); Polygamy (595); Family relationships (593); Basis of marriage (581); Regulation of marriage (582); Special unions and marriages (588);

Abstract: This work on the Nayar caste of central Kerala presents an analysis of kinship and matrilineal descent, coupled with an account of Nayar political structure. A brief introduction dealing with the ecology and cultural history of the area is followed by a discussion of the various caste groups of central Kerala, its economic system, warfare and law, Nayar clan organization, lineages and property groups, interpersonal kinship relations (e.g. woman-son, father-daughter), marriage, prerequisites of the kinship system of commoners, kinship in the aristocratic matrilineal castes, a list of kinship terms, and changes in Nayar social organization. Primary emphasis is on a description of the lineage system and its function in society.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: aw11-002

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 742-746)

Field Date: 1947-1949

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1964-1968

Coverage Date: 1342-1949

Coverage Place: central Kerala, India

LCSH: Kerala (India)


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