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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(6): 2408-2415
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.806.287


Myths Associated with Menarche and Menstruation among Tribal Females of Kargil District, Jammu & Kashmir
Sabiya Asmat1*, Sarika Manhas2 and Tashi Dolkar3
1Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kargil I, S. K University of Agriculture Science & Technology of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2Department of Home Science, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kargil II, S. K University of Agriculture Science & Technology of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Despite being a phenomenon unique to girls, this has always been surrounded by secrecy and myths in many societies. Taboos surrounding menstruation exclude women and girls from many aspects of social and cultural life. Some of these are helpful, but others have potentially harmful implications (Kaiser, 2008). The main objective of the present study was to assess the myths associated with menarche and menstruation among tribal females of Kargil. The sample for the study comprised of 520 tribal respondents of Kargil district, which comprised of 320 unmarried adolescent girls in the age group of 14-18 years, 100 mothers and 100 grandmothers. Interaction with the females of the two tribes highlight that there are many myths and restrictions associated with menarche and menstruation. These myths and restrictions have generally been passed from older generation to newer generation for many years now. It is in fact, difficult to cite when and from where these myths and restrictions came into existence, but majority of menstruating females emphasized that they agreed with these prevailing myths. The older generation of females especially the grandmothers and mothers followed and believed in these myths. However, adolescent girls either thought of these myths as erroneous or were not sure about the authenticity or practical viability of these myths.


Keywords: Menstruation, Tribals, Kargil, Myths and restrictions
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Sabiya Asmat, Sarika Manhas and Tashi Dolkar. 2019. Myths Associated with Menarche and Menstruation among Tribal Females of Kargil District, Jammu & Kashmir.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(6): 2408-2415. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.806.287