The Baigas of Madhya Pradesh: A demographic study

P. H. Reddy, B. Modell

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    Abstract

    This paper outlines the demographic characteristics of the Baiga tribe, one of the most primitive of the aboriginal tribal groups of Central India. The Baiga population has grown steadily since the first anthropological study of the tribe in the 1930s. Age at menarche, age at marriage, breast-feeding, and time interval between marriage and first conception are natural. There are more females than males. Sub-tribe endogamy is common; consanguineous marriage is favoured (34% of marriages are between first cousins) and marital distance is low (mean 7.1 km). Though the mean menarcheal age is high (15.2 years), mean age at first marriage is low (16.6 years), giving a long reproductive period.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)19-31
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
    Volume29
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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