Remarriage among the baiga tribe of chhattisgarh

Jitendra Kumar Premi

Attempts were taken up to explore the nature of remarriage/polygamous marriages and what could be those factors that led to remarriage/ polygamy among the Baiga of Chhattisgarh. Objectives of the study were to find out the incidences of remarriage among the Baiga tribe of Chhattisgarh, to explore notion and approaches regarding remarriage and to conceptualize the pattern of remarriage among the Baiga tribe of Chhattisgarh. 400 married Baiga males belonging to age 18-49 years were selected through multistage random sampling. These 400 Baiga males i.e. 235 males from Bodala and 165 males from Pandariya development blocks of Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh, India were randomly selected. Structured interview schedule were used for collection of data. The finding was, in Baiga society, the polygamy form of marriage does have existence. But there is no tradition of polygamy, it is just a remarriage. Polygamy was the exigent result of the contemporary materialistic, social and demographic conditions of the society. As a conclusion, the remarriage found in the Baiga tribe of Chhattisgarh is purely a circumstantial polygamous marriage whose main reason is the death of their ex-wives, not a custom or tradition.

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