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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In India, the privilege and influence of the Kulin Brahmans, especially in respect of marriage and dowries. Also written Kooleenism.

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  • Tightening of caste restrictions was accompanied in some areas by the origin of kulinism: the prohibition of marriage of any girl below her own caste, which led to female infanticide; and the rise in caste by marriage to a man of higher caste, which led to polygamy of high-caste husbands to collect dowries.

    C. South and Southeast Asia, 500-1500

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