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Indian Family Structures

How a traditional Indian family is structured

Understanding the structure of the Indian family

India has a rich family structure with a Patrilineal background, which help the family members to sustain a life with a kinship groupings. A best example of the Indian family ties is the Joint Family which consist of three to four patrilineally related generations.

In India, the family structure which has been followed since times past is the Patrilineal family. It is due to this structure of family that the culture and traditions of India is still rich. The widely seen residential unit is the Joint Family, this is said to be the ideal Indian family which comprises of three or four patrilineally related generations. All these family members live together under one roof. They all mutually work, eat, worship and co-operate each other in one or the other way.

This also helps the family to strong mentally, physically and economically, the children also get to know about the values and traditions of the society from their grand parents and elders. This bonding also teaches they the value of relations and brotherhood. The family system has given a lot of importance in India and has worked more often to make the bonding among families stronger.

Meanwhile urbanization and westernization had its influence on the basic structure of Indian family structure. The division of joint family into smaller units is not the symbol of people rejecting this traditional structure. The circumstances and conditions also made the need for people to split the family. Though they split into a new unit but again becomes a joint family when the family gets moving as when sons of the family marry and bring their wives to live in the family home then again the family starts growing and flourishing.

The best known of India's unusual family types is the traditional Nayar taravad, or great house. The Nair's are a cluster of castes in Kerala. High-ranking and prosperous, the Nair's maintained matrilineal households in which sisters and brothers and their kids are the permanent residents.

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