This study investigates marriage presentations of Bengali Muslims, Rajbansis and aboriginal Oraons on the basis of a comprehensive review of theories of marriage in general and marriage presentations in particular. Based on empirical evidence from the period 1915-1988 the study questions a number of assumptions: the radical opposition between dowry and bridewealth, and that the market only recently has eaten its way into social relations, distorted primary bonds and rendered women kinship impregnated commodities.

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