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Marriage as Crisis Management in Indigenous Middle India.
Marriage as Crisis Management in Indigenous Middle India. The pattern of the relationship terminology, as applied by many millions of indigenous people in highland Middle India, is ordered by the omnipresent principle of reciprocal affinal exchange, as are the marriage norms and practices connecting different local descent groups of inherited affines. At the same time, the idiom of a marriage relationship as well as the inherited human affines and agnates of the principal are activated in life-cycle rituals such as those marking female maturity or those highlighting death in grand secondary funerals. Similarly, healing rituals are performed in elaborate and expensive ceremonies as „marrying the path“. I hope to demonstrate that affinity as the structural principle of the terminology is the basis of all formal social interaction. The specific ethnographic cases are taken from field research among the indigenous Gadaba and Rona of Koraput/Odisha/India, as conducted by a group of anthropologists in the course of the Orissa Research Project II (1999-2005).