There is the concept of ‘runam’ in smaller things. There is ‘beeyam runam’, ‘uppu runam’ and ‘noone runam’, referring to rice, salt and oil respectively. These are not taken without giving something in exchange, or without payments, as these debts should not be incurred.
Into the runam concept is built the space where wrongs can be accepted and atoned for. For examples when a person gets possessed by a God, he flails his rope and hits out at someone listing the wrongs done. The person, accepts the lashings, accepts his errors in public and accepts the prescribed atonement. After this there is a fresh start. This seems superior to the criminal system where a person is labelled and criminalized, and never really given a clean, fresh start.
Annasamy Anna tells me about 'daanam' - the many kinds of daanam. Lakshmamma tells me about 'rinam' (debts), and the many kinds of 'rinam' we have towards one another ... which transcends lifetimes. Both are old, illiterate, very poor and infinitely wise.