Saturday, April 13, 2024

The People


Mikirs Marriage

Amongst the Mikirs, no marriage is allowed within the same clan. The Miri marriage system is generally like that of other Hindus including the joron ceremony and marriage by elopement.
A man having illicit love with an unmarried girl will be punished by the Gaon-burha (village headman); if the man is already married, the punishment will be heavier. A man cannot discard his wife without justifiable reasons. Mikir social life in general is largely free. The proposal for marriage is first discussed between the girl and her elder brother's wife. Then follows the formal proposal with Sodhani bhar, as among the Ahoms. After that the question whether the boy will stay with his father-in-law as ghar-jowain is decided and a date for the wedding is fixed.