Note: Morton Klass notes the unreliability of Trinidadian census figures because women went home to their parents’ house to have their first and second babies. Under colonialism Hindu marriages were not recognized and babies might be listed as illegitimate. Later, both sides would have their own priest from different villages at a wedding; these would flip a coin to decide at which village to register the marriage. Wedding ceremony very elaborate. Lomax mentions that his wife Antoinette Marchand witnessed women dancing (not seen by men). Bloodshed potential at wedding negotiations over copious rum. Trinidadian East Indian men control women, but women nonetheless have enormous power. The mother-in-law has lifelong power over her sons. Bride must learn to manipulate husband to defend herself against her mother-in-law. The father loses power as he becomes unable to work in the cane fields. There is much physical punishment. Elderly fathers are punished by sons, beating to death not unknown. Fathers have great affection for daughters even though sons more desired. Alan Lomax: Hindu culture is a hazing culture, like ours; nevertheless, there is a gentleness and strong bonds of affection in families. Music has a tender quality. Yet murder and violence not unknown. Klass: Europeans are more direct. Hindus have more formality in their relations. Childhood is prolonged. Weaning at six. Affectionate to children. Children seen as sexless. They are never left at home. Anxiety of ownership. It is important to a man’s dignity to have a plot of land on which to grow his own rice. Elaborate marriage ceremony described.