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Family system and Religions of Karbi PeopleThe Karbi people follows the Patriarchal family system and accordingly the father is the head of the family and his authority as such is undisputed and at the death of the father his son inherits the property of the family. The head of the family, his wife, their children, unmarried brothers and sisters constitute the family and the brothers start living separately after getting married. The Joint family system is still prevalent to a very limited extent among the Karbis. Their settlement pattern is of a village and for every village the District Council selects a village headman called Gaonbura. The houses of the Karbi people is neither too small nor too big and is built by bamboo. It is made on a bamboo platform with timber posts for powerful structure. But now-a-days they also construct their houses on grounds like the non-tribal people and also have a tendency to live on a hill tops but they generally don't live in the compact areas.
The religion of the Karbis can be regarded as Animists. Hinduism in its crude form finds manifestation in their worships of God, Goddesses and the deities. The Karbis believed in the immortality of the soul and they believe that all the diseases are associated with a presiding deity. They are also known to follow two household Gods i.e. Hemphu and Mukrang. Some of the main or primary traditional institutions of Karbis can be listed as below:-
- Me - The Village Council
- Jirkedam (Farla) - Bachelors dormitory
- Kerung Amei - The Grain Bank