Other Practices Of Marriage

Published: 21st January 2010
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Practices in marriage are different from culture to culture. Popular practices in marriages are those influenced by western culture. Other countries, however, has their own unique practices in marriage. Popular ones are those practiced in the Middle East as well as in the old provinces of China.

Middle East Marriage Practices
In some parts of India, marriage practices follow a custom in which the groom is required to marry with an auspicious plant called Tulsi before a second Marriage to overcome inauspicious predictions about the health of the husband. This also applies if the prospective wife is considered to be 'bad luck' or a 'bad omen' astrologically. In the state of Kerala, India, the Nambudiri Brahmin caste traditionally practiced henogamy, in which only the eldest son in each family was permitted to marry. The younger children could have sambandha (temporary relationship) with Kshatriya or Nair women. This, however, is no longer practiced, and in general the Nambudiri Brahmin men marry only form the Nambudiri caste and Nair women prefer to be married to Nair men.

Chinese Marriage Practices
The Na people of Yunnan province in southern China is said to have, traditionally, did not practice any kind of marriage. According to anthropologist Cia Hua, sexual liaisons among the Na took place in the form of "visits" initiated by either men or women, each of whom might have two or three partners each at any given time. The nonexistence of fathers in the Na family unit was consistent with their practice of matrilineality and matrilocality, in which siblings and their offspring lived with their maternal relatives.

In recent years, the Chinese state has encouraged the Na to acculturate to the monogamous Marriage norms of greater China. Such programs have included land grants to monogamous Na families, conscription, legislation declaring frequent sexual partners married and outlawing "visits", and the withholding of food rations from children who could not identify their fathers. Many of these measures were relaxed in favor of educational approaches after Deng Xiaoping came into power in 1981.

Other than the Chinese and Indian practices, Mormonism is also known for their unique marriage practices. In Mormonism, a couple may seal their Marriage "for time and for all eternity" through a "sealing" ceremony conducted within LDS Temples. The couple is then believed to be bound to each other in marriage throughout eternity if they live according to their covenants made in the ceremony. Mormonism also allows living persons to act as proxies in the sealing ceremony to "seal" a marriage between ancestors who have been dead for at least one year and who were married during their lifetime. For more information visit to our site at http://philippineweddingplanner.com

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