Customary Law and Property Inheritance System among LahaulaTribesof Himachal Pradesh

Rajender Kumar


Tribal population is an integral part of the India’s social fabric and has the largest concentration in our country. Lahaula tribes of Western Himalayan region have evolved their unique way of life which is reflected in their different cultural practices regarding different aspects of their lives. During winter this whole area receives adequate snowfall by which the whole tribal belt becomes an isolated land with no links with outside world. This isolation from the outside world seems to have encouraged them to develop their own unique customs.The present study is an attempt to the customs, and customary laws of Lahaula tribal community related to inheritance of the property. The study is primarily based on the Rawaj -i-Am (District wise statement on custom) and Wajib-ul-arz (village –wise statements of custom).

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Suresh Kapoor, Scheduled Tribes in Himachal Pradesh: Marriage and Divorce

Customs, Navrang Publication, New Delhi, 1993, p. 42.

M.D. Mamgain, Himachal Pradesh District Gazetters Lahaul & Spiti, Punjab

Press, Chandigarh, 1975, pp. 66-67.

Rewaj-i-Am (Tribal Custom of Kullu Sub Division) Settlement, Chandigarh

Panjab, 1954, pp. 36-55.

M.D. Mamgain, Himachal Pradesh District Gazetteers Lahaul & Spiti, Punjab

Press, Chandigarh, 1972, p. 68.


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