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shraddha

[shrah-duh] /ˈʃrɑ də/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
one of several funeral rites performed at intervals after a death.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Sanskrit śrāddha, derivative of śraddhā faith
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in Hinduism, a ceremony performed in honour of a dead ancestor. The rite is both a social and a religious responsibility enjoined on all male Hindus (with the exception of some sannyasis, or ascetics). The importance given in India to the birth of sons is to ensure that there will be a male descendant to perform the sraddha ceremony after one's death.

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