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The Life of Hinduism$
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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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Women in India

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

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

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