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The Kamar$
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S.C. Dube

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077312.001.0001

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Phases of Life

Phases of Life

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(p.92) Chapter 4 Phases of Life
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The Kamar
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S.C. Dube

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077312.003.0004

This chapter discusses the events that comprise the normal lifecycle of a Kamar. It begins with child-birth, which is considered an event of great sociological significance. It relates the things a pregnant Kamar woman should not do, such as engage in sexual intercourse with her husband or go near burial grounds. It then looks at the birthing practices and describes the usual childhood of the Kamars. It notes the tribe's attitude towards menstruation, and explains how engagements and marriages are conducted within the tribe. It also discusses in detail dowry, elopement, divorce, and widowhood. Finally, the chapter discusses the sexual life of the Kamars, including fertility and premarital sex, and the ceremonies and rituals that are conducted upon the death of a tribe member.

Keywords:   lifecycle, child-birth, birthing practices, childhood, menstruation, marriage, sexual life, death, ceremonies, rituals

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