Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Sons (Hinduism)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_230-1


Mitakshara and Dayabhaga

In Hinduism inheritance of immovable property like land was based on several schools of thought with Mitakshara and Dayabhaga schools among the prominent ones.


Hindu ritual of practicing last rites.


The source of Hindu law was the Veda.

Sons known as putra hold a significant place in the social structure of the Hindu society. Putrashapes the social relationship of a Hindu with his ancestors and others. Birth of a son becomes a guarantee to fulfill the obligation of Hindu toward his ancestors as well as protection of the ancestral wealth. A Hindu has three main obligations: first one toward the God – by worshipping and performing rituals according to the guidance given by the priests; second one toward sages through the studying of the Vedas, by chanting mantras as well as offering hospitality to Brahmins; and finally toward the ancestors – by producing a son who carries the family lineage and performs funeral rites and shraddh to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentLady Shri Ram College, University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia