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Matrilineal system

Marumakkathayam was an ancient custom followed by some Nair families (a faction of Hindus) of Kerala. According to this, the property rights of the joint family were vested in the female members. A man's children had no rights in the family as they belonged to the wife's family. Some among the Nair families of Thrissur District still follows the Marumakkathayam.

Updated on 14th November, 2015


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