The Tribes and Castes of Bengal Volume 1

The Tribes and Castes of Bengal Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...85. ' Hindu Tribe: and Castes, i, 401. 1 Let is s. sub-caste of the Begdis in Murshedabad. in the article on Bais, so that a marriage would be barred if one of the great-grandmothers of the proposed bride happened to have belonged to the same section as one of the greatgreat-grandmothers of the proposed bridegroom, even though the parties themselves belonged to different mule. This mode of calculation appears to be confined to Behar; and in Bengal wherever sections exist, the only rule observed is that a man may not marry awoman of the same section as himself. The standard formula for reckoning prohibited degrees is in general use. In Bankura it is ordinarily calculated to three generations in the descending line; but where b/uzizidi, or mutual recognition of relationship, has been kept up between two families, the prohibition extends to five generations. The Doms of the 24-Parganas affect to prohibit marriage between sapindas, but this is a palpable imitation of the customs of the higher castes. Members of other castes may be received into the Dom community by paying afee to the panchAyat and giving a feast to the Doms of the neighbourhood. At this feast the proselyte is required to wait upon his new associates and to eat with them. He must also have his head shaved and undergo a sort of baptism with water at the hands of the caste panchayat in token of his adoption of the Dom religion. Instances of men of other castes thus joinin themselves to the Doms are very rare, and occur only when a man as been ejected from his own caste for living with a Dom woman. Some say, however, that in these cases the proselyte, though ordinarily spoken of as a Dem, is not admitted to complete equality with the original members of the caste. His...show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890841
  • 9781236890849