Adoption in traditional India

"Love begets love, respect reciprocates." Rig Veda

“Love begets love, respect reciprocates.” Rig Veda

In a country where having a son is so important, adoption is a fairly common practice since long. Those who do not have male children usually want to adopt a male child to continue their line of succession. In Rajasthan ( one of the most typical Indian states), the kings ( locally called rao, raja, maharaja,…) used to adopt male children and make them heir apparent…with the consent of the British Viceroy.
For the average person, the ceremony of adoption is quite simple. The elders of the family and the the “biradari”( community) assemble at the adopter’s residence. In their presence, the adopted son is anointed with vermilion and a coloured turban is placed on his head. Traditionally, a small dose of opium is given to all the elders to solemnise the act of adoption. Later, they sign the document of adoption along with the adopter, so that they can be cited as witnesses in case of dispute. If, after adoption, the adopter’s wife gives birth to a son, the adopted child continues to have equal rights with the real son.


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