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.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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.