Explain why patriliny may have been particularly important among elite families.

Patriliny may have been important for the elite families for several reasons:

  1. According to the ideas of the Dharmashastras, sons were to carry forward the legacy of his father’s kingdom. Due to this reasons the elite families had great desire for sons rather than daughters.
  2. In the royal families the acquisition of throne was present in the inheritance. It was given to the eldest son after the death of his father.

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