Showing posts with label Exogamy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Exogamy. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is Jati In A Hindu Society?

 


Jati means “birth” in Sanskrit. In Indian culture, the term Jati broadly represents a traditional social grouping.

There were hundreds of these groupings, which were deemed exogamous because there were stringent taboos against marrying outside one's jati—people from various jatis were seen as separate "species" of humans.

The traditional occupation of the Jatis, which they and they alone had the right to practice, was frequently used to designate the subgroup.

The jatis were ordered in society in hierarchical order based on the perceived purity or impurity (ashaucha) of their jobs, and this hierarchy provided the foundation for the caste system, a traditional Hindu social structure.

 

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Hinduism - What Is A Gotra?

 

Exogamous lineages are referred to as Gotra.

Although the prestige associated with certain lineages has inspired other twice-born tribes to adopt them, lineages are especially emphasized among brahmins.

The name literally means "cow pen," and the family is therefore linked to a certain herd of cattle.

Brahmins were said to be derived from the seven sages Kashyapa, Vasishtha, Bhrgu, Gautama, Atri, Bharadvaja, and Vishvamitra, with each family adopting the name of the guru who was thought to be their progenitor as their gotra.

Marriages were the only time it was actually significant, since marriage inside the gotra was forbidden.

A lady would take her husband's gotra as part of her new identity after marriage.

Because brahmins were aware of this technique, possessing a gotra became a prestige symbol.

This prompted other twice-born peoples to follow in the footsteps of the brahmins and embrace gotras as well. 


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Hinduism - What Is The Prevalence Of Endogamy In Hindu Societies?


In anthropology, a marriage pattern in which members of a certain social group marry exclusively other members of that group. 

Traditional marriages in northern India are endogamous when it comes to the jati (hereditary occupational group) and exogamous when it comes to the village community and the gotra (mythic family lineage). 



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