Kotia tribe is chiefly found in the tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district of A.P., adjoining Orissa and their population as per 1991 census is 41,591 and their total literacy rate was 17.83. Four types of acquiring mates are in vogue in this community. They are marriage by negotiations, marriage by mutual love and elopement, marriage by capture and marriage by service). Both levirate and sororate are socially accepted. Divorce is permitted. Widow or widower re-marriages are permissible.