Essay The Nayar of India
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: 101
Instructor: June Maul
August 9, 2011
The Nayar of India are ethnographic and folk-culture society. They are a complex and interesting large and power cast society that live in extended matrilineal family groups. Hinduism is the main religion of these people and that combined with their social and economic structure make for an interesting combination of kinship, gender relations, beliefs, and values. In this paper I will discuss the fascinating aspects of this culture focusing on their kinship, gender relations, and their beliefs and values.
Perhaps the best known of India's unusual family types is the traditional Nayar …show more content…
There were two separate rituals - the pre-pubertal thalikettu kalyanam (marriage) and later the sambandham the practice of marriage alliance, that are special to this culture. These rituals and ceremonies were all part of a girl becoming a woman in the eyes of her family and society. And, as I mentioned earlier women were considered very important and powerful members of the family. In this social group their religion was Hindu and the practices, rites, meditations, and rituals were taught and passed down to the children first through their mothers then through ashrams and schools. As mentioned, biological