Matrilineal Adoption, Inheritance Law, and Rites for the Dead Among Hindus in Medieval Kerala
ESSAYS IN HONOR OF PATRICK OLIVELLE, Steven Lindquist, ed., Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2007
21 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2007
The Hindu law of adoption provides an exemplary case of the interaction of religion and law in traditional Indic discourse. Through an analysis the unusual case of matrilineal adoption in a late medieval legal text from the Kerala region, I argue that Hindu law rules from classic texts are neither dismissed outright nor accepted at face value. Instead, the motivations, procedures, and the notions of justice and religious efficacy of the Hindu law texts called Dharmasastra are translated into localized social, political, religious, and economic ways of life.
Keywords: Hindu law, adoption, inheritance, religion
JEL Classification: K11 ,K33, K40
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