Why matriarchal society of ancient human could last so many years in the past? According to the ESS, we can see the most stable male to female ratio is 1:1. So, why could this kind of society last for almost 35,000 years?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I belong to a community in India that is still matrilineal. There’s a basic difference between matrilineal and matriarchal. Many people tend to confuse between both or use one as a synonym for the other. They’re both different. A matriarchy is one where the head of the family is always…

Is Vasuki, the Lord of Patala Bhumis, married?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I believe that He is very much married. In all Nair ancestral homes, it was customary to have a serpent grove in the woods around the house. The idols kept for worship in these groves are those of Nagaraja (Vasuki), Nagayakshi and several other smaller idols representing their daughter, Nagakanyaka,…

What are the higher castes in Tamil Nadu and Kerala?

Which castes are seen as higher castes and which are the lowest ones in Tamil Nadu and Kerala? Is he same rule applied in Karnataka and Andhra as well? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I am not too sure about the caste break-up in other states. But I do know a bit about how it…

Is there an ancient culture in which women were not treated as property?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Among the others mentioned on other answers is the one I belong to. I belong to the Hindu Nair community of Kerala, India. We follow a matrilineal system of inheritance. Although much has changed now regarding the inheritance of property, the social aspects still remain the same. The bloodline moves…

Why do dowry still exist in India (speacially in South India)?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: The dowry system is not a common thing among all strata of society in South India. It differs from region to region, from community to community. I belong to the Nair community in Kerala. Typically, our folk prefer to marry from around our district (Ernakulam) or from the northern districts…

What does it feel like to be an aristocrat, or from an old money family?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: Pride. Pure…unadulterated pride. Especially if you have grown up hearing stories of heroism and valor of your ancestors. The sheer abundance of wealth that has rested in the family’s hands since generations…the money, the gold, the landed property. And to know that in spite of being redistributed over many many generations…