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In India, every house has something called Kula Devata or Family Deity. What is the historical reason for having such Family deity, and on what basis are family deities assigned to families? Is there any historical, ancestral or political connection between the Deity and the family that worships it? Does it have any relation to the region in which the Deity resides? As I see, there is no strict caste specific restriction on having a particular Deity as your Kula Devata. Can anyone here shed light on this, or mention similar practices being followed elsewhere in the world/other religions?

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    Wouldn't this be more suited to Hinduism SE? – NSNoob May 24 '16 at 7:31
  • I am expecting answers from a history point of view rather than a philosohical or mithological point of view, so I think it is apt to b posted here – Sushant May 24 '16 at 9:54
  • Many scholars claim that the practice of maintaining household deities around the world can be traced back to ancestor veneration. This practice is not limited to Hinduism and was quite common in many Indo-European and Mesopotamian traditions. – called2voyage May 24 '16 at 15:21
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    @called2voyage Do you mean, ancestor veneration means, worshiping of ancestors as deities? That is different from what I am referring to as Family Deities. Ex: There is a temple of Lord Balaji in South India, and a lot of South Indian families have the same deity as family deity – Sushant May 25 '16 at 8:32
  • @Sushant Ok, that is a little outside of my experience. I can't be sure, but it is possible that sharing a deity devotion as a family is related to household deities, in which case the roots may be the same, but I'll defer to those who know more on the topic at hand. – called2voyage May 26 '16 at 18:42

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