customs peculiar to Kerala, the most important ones
are the Marumakkathayam and the joint family
system. Marumakkathayam is the matrilineal
system of inheritance. During the past ten decades,
there had been an urge for a thorough change in the
old family customs. Legislative sanctions were given
to claim partition from the joint families and adopt
Makkathayam (inheritance through the male line).
Due advantage has been taken of these legislations
by the majority of the communities.