from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In India, one of an order of Brahmans regarded as of superior sanctity and invested with extraordinary privileges, including the right to marry many wives, in consideration of large dowries and the support of the wife by her parents in their own home. Also written Kooleen.
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The situation of the child widows of the time, deported for life to Benares and often picked up as mistresses by wealthy men of the time, the practices of the kulin Brahmins of the time; who made a living out of multiple marriages even as doddering old men, because of the custom that a unwed woman was doomed will stay with the reader for long.
A couple of generations ago it was practised wholesale by the kulin brahmans of