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Arranged Marriages in India

Posted on 13, July 2022 03:08:23 PM



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The Indian subcontinent has historically been home to a wide variety of wedding systems. Some were unique to the region, such as Swayamvara (which was rooted in the historical Vedic religion and had a strong hold in popular culture because it was the procedure used by Rama and Sita). In a swayamvara, the girl's parents broadcast the intent of the girl to marry and invited all interested men to be present in a wedding hall on a specific date and time. 55% of the marriages that occur in the world today are arranged marriages. The rate of arranged marriages in India is 90%. In an arranged marriage, the man is usually 4.5 years older than the woman in the formed relationship The practice of arranged marriages began as a way of uniting and maintaining upper-caste families.   Arranged marriages serve six functions in the Indian community: (1) help maintain the social satisfaction system in the society; (2) give parents control, over family members; (3) enhance the chances to preserve and continue the ancestral lineage; (4) provides an opportunity to strengthen the families. Arranged marriages provide equal stature, financial stability, cultural identity and the same opinions among partners and families, so, there is very less chance of disputes. The only downside to this is that partners do not know each other nor do they love each other before the marriage; well, most of the time.


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