The Khasi People of India: Matrilineal Life, the Role of the Khatduh, Using Song to Identify Family, Khasi Christianity and the Ka Niam Khasi Faith, Cohabitation, and Khasi Men Having Multiple Families

In India, the Khasi people who are 1,750,000 (1.75 million) in number, live a matrilineal way of life, in which the property and the family name is passed down the female lineage of a family. It’s believed that this way of life was once practiced by 30% of the world’s population. The role of the “khatduh” (pronounced “cat-do”) which is the youngest daughter of the family, is the most important member of the family in the Khasi society as the youngest daughter is most likely to marry last and the...

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