Marriage Practice among the Soliga: A Scheduled Tribe in Karnataka

Marriage is a social contract for the satisfaction of male and female physical, biological, psychological and spiritual needs, leading to the formation of a family to bring up children and live together. Sexual relationships and procreation are undoubtedly the primary aims of marriage. Marriage validates sex relationships. The institution of marriage among the tribes differs from that in Hindu society. Marriage among the tribes is not a religious sacrament but a social contract to enjoy sex, procreation, and companionship. The Present paper deals with the different forms of marriage practices followed by the Soliga tribal community based on the Ethnographic Study conducted at four taluks of Yelandur, Chamrajanagar, Kollegal, and Gundulpettaluks of the Chamrajanagar district organized by the Karnataka State Tribal Research Institute, Mysuru.