• Marriage

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI:
• Marriage

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This chapter focuses on the marriage of women in India. Puberty rites for girls tend to be transmitted orally from women to women, not written in any book. To show how such traditions work, the chapter examines a village in Chattisgarh, a state in Central India, looking at an upper-caste Thakur girl called Munni. It follows Munni from menstruation through marriage, “the most important event in her life,” and uses that occasion as a chance also to cast a comparative glance at a range of other locations in North India.

Keywords: Indian women; marriage; puberty rites; Chattisgarh; Munni; menstruation; North India

Chapter.  6111 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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