Women Representation in Concerning the Rites of Child Birth in Social Folk Customs of the Bodos

Prasenjit Muchahary


This paper attempts to explore women’s participation and representation on symptoms of pregnancy, carefulness and restrictions, child birth and umbilical cord cutting, placenta burial, adulterate cloth washing, purification, name giving to the new born baby, puberty etc. in the Bodo society. They follow the rites of traditional customs of the society and co-operate with each other during the time of child birth. Basically, the senior old women of the village or neighbours those who have husband take part actively in this ceremony whereas widow women are restricted to participate in the same.


Bodo, women, rites, tradition, folk, customs

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