Bricks, Beads and Bones: the Harappan Civilisation
- Introduction to Harappan Civilisation
- Subsistence Strategies
- Mohenjodaro: a Planned Urban Centre
- Tracking Social Differences
- Finding Out About Craft Production
- Strategies for Procuring Materials
- Seals, Script, Weights
- Ancient Authority
- The End of the Civilisation
- Discovering the Harappan Civilisation
- Problems of Piecing Together the Past
Kings, Farmers and Towns: Early States and Economies
Kinship, Caste and Class: Early Societies
Thinkers, Beliefs and Buildings: Cultural Developments
- A Glimpse of Sanchi
- The Background: Sacrifices and Debates
- Beyond Worldly Pleasures: the Message of Mahavira
- The Buddha and the Quest for Enlightenment
- The Teachings of the Buddha
- Followers of the Buddha
- “Discovering” Stupas the Fate of Amaravati and Sanchi
- New Religious Traditions
- Can We “See” Everything?
Through the Eyes of Travellers: Perceptions of Society
Bhakti - Sufi Traditions: Changes in Religious Beliefs and Devotional Texts
- A Mosaic of Religious Beliefs and Practices
- Poems of Prayer Early Traditions of Bhakti
- The Virashaiva Tradition in Karnataka
- Religious Ferment in North India
- New Strands in the Fabric Islamic Traditions
- The Growth of Sufism
- The Chishtis in the Subcontinent
- New Devotional Paths Dialogue and Dissent in Northern India
- Reconstructing Histories of Religious Traditions
An Imperial Capital Vijayanagara
Peasants, Zamindars and the State: Agrarian Society and the Mughal Empire
Kings and Chronicles: the Mughal Courts
Colonialism and the Countryside: Exploring Official Archives
Rebels and the Raj: 1857 Revolt and Its Representations
Colonial Cities: Urbanisation, Planning and Architecture
Mahatma Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement: Civil Disobedience and Beyond
Understanding Partition: Politics, Memories, Experiences
Framing the Constitution: the Beginning of a New Era
Themes in Indian History Part 1
Political and Economic History - How Inscriptions tell a story.
A History of Buddhism - Sanchi Stupa
The Story of the First Cities - Harappan Archaeology
Social Histories - Using the Mahabharata
Themes in Indian History Part 2
Medieval Society Through Traveller'S Accounts
New Architecture - Hampi
The Mughal Court - Reconstructing Histories Through Chronicles
Religious Histories - The Bhakti-sufi Tradition
Agrarian Relations - The Ain-i- Akbari
Themes in Indian History Part 3
Colonialism and Rural Society - Evidence From Official Reports
Mahatma Gandhi Through Contemporary Eyes
Colonialism and Indian Towns - Town Plans and Municipal Reports
Partition Through Oral Sources
Representations of 1857
The Making of the Constitution
- Finding out about families
- The ideal of patriliny
- Rules of marriage
- The gotra of women
- Were mothers important?
- Marriage: definition and functions.
- Definition, merits, demerits, functions of the following:
- Rules of marriage: exogamy and endogamy (clan, gotra, pravara, village and sapinda), cross and parallel cousin, levirate, sororate, hypergamy and hypogamy.
- Forms of marriage: polygamy (polyandry and polygyny), monogamy.
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Which of the following statements is correct about the importance of gender differences in the early societies from c. 600 BCE to 600 CE?
- Societies were patriliny in nature.
- Women were allowed to give land grants.
- Sons were considered important for the continuity of the family.
Which of the following statements is correct about the classification of people in terms of ‘gotra’ under Brahmanical practice around 1000 BCE onwards?
Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R):
Assertion (A): Women were expected to give up their father’s gotra and take up their husband’s gotra after marriage.
Reason (R): Women who married Satavahana rulers retained their father’s gotras instead of adopting names derived from their husband’s gotra name.
Match the following.
|(i)||Endogamy||(a)||refers to marriage outside the unit|
|(ii)||Exogamy||(b)||refer to the practice of a man having several wives|
|(iii)||Polygyny||(c)||refers to a practice of a woman having several husbands|
|(iv)||Polyandry||(d)||refer to marriage within the unit|
Answer in 100-150 words
Explain why patriliny may have been particularly important among elite families.
Answer in 100-150 words
In what ways was the Buddhist theory of a social contract different from the Brahmanical view of society derived from the Purusha Sukta?