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Abstract: Kinship is the most important social bond. Kinship includes relationships through blood (consanguine) and relationships through marriage (affinal). A kinship system includes all relationships based on blood and marriage that link people in a web. The system of kinship, that is, the way in which the relations between individuals and groups are organized, occupies a central place in all human societies. Since India is a land of immense diversity, its different regions reflect different systems of kinship. For the purposes of describing the kinship systems found in India, Irawati Karve identified four cultural zones: the Northern, the Central, the Southern and the Eastern zones.

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