Unmarried Women of the Dhaula Dhar: Celibacy and Social Control in Northwest India

  title={Unmarried Women of the Dhaula Dhar: Celibacy and Social Control in Northwest India},
  author={Peter Phillimore},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  pages={331 - 350}
  • P. Phillimore
  • Published 1 October 1991
  • Law
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
For women, marriage is axiomatic in rural India. On the fringes of the Himalaya in Kangra, however, the status of sādhin offers a small number of women an unconventional, but respectable, alternative to the accepted female roles of wife and mother. The name carries ascetic connotations, and the status derives its legitimacy from association with the Hindu ascetic tradition. Yet it is marriage and sexuality which a sādhin renounces, not worldly life generally: she remains in her natal village… 
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