Journal of Biosocial Science

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THE BAIGAS OF MADHYA PRADESH: A DEMOGRAPHIC STUDY


P. H. REDDY a1 and B. MODELL a1
a1 Department of Obestrics and Gynaecology, University College London Medical School, London, UK

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.