Gough, Elizabeth Kathleen. Brahman kinship in a Tamil village

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Title: Brahman kinship in a Tamil village

Published in: American Anthropologist -- Vol. 58

Published By: American Anthropologist -- Vol. 58 Washington, etc.: American Anthropological Association, etc., 1956. 826-853 p.

By line: By Kathleen Gough

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Tamil (AW16)

Subjects: Castes (564); Lineages (613); Family relationships (593); Kinship terminology (601); Extended families (596); Gender status (562); Regulation of marriage (582);

Abstract: This article explores the 'characteristics of the Brahman kinship system which differentiates it from that of the lower castes: first the Brahman occupations, means of subsistence, and position in the scale of ranked castes; and second, certain moral values deriving from the Sanskrit religious tradition, of which they are the main carriers' (p. 826). The article also provides an analysis of the status of women, marriage preference and regulation, kinship terminology, relationships within the family, and child-rearing. An appendix of Brahman and low-caste kinship terms is included.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: aw16-004

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: english

Field Date: 1951-1953

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Del Childs

Coverage Date: 1951-1953

Coverage Place: village of Kumbapettai, Tanjore District, India

LCSH: Tamil (Indic people)


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