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Different Types Of Marriage Essay

Two Different Kinds Of Marriage Essay

If we talk about marriage, what comes on your mind? Marriage is a union between a man and woman, particularly regulated by law in which they become a husband and wife. Selecting a husband and wife is one of the most important decisions of a person’s life because a marriage can bring either a happy or unhappy life. Choosing the best partner is one of the key to get a happy marriage. Talking about partners, which one do you prefer to marry, the person whom you love or arranged marriage, that is, your parents will choose your partner? For some people they may choose to get married with the person whom they love, which is love marriage. Actually, there are two kinds of marriage that are love marriage and arranged marriage. Arranged marriage is a term that parents or family will choose the partner of their child or relatives. Arranged marriages occur in around the world especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In many cultures believe that marriage is not always love. Those people claim that the couple who are getting married still young and have less experience. In this sense, some cultures believe that the best choice of the child’s partner is made by his or her parents. However, it is still controversial among people that choosing arranged marriage is the same with forced marriage. In this sense, the couple do not have a freedom of choice to choose their own partner. They have to follow their parents decision to get married with the person. In some countries, people do not agree with arranged marriages, especially for the Western people. They believe that every person has their own choice to choose their partner in a marriage. Adults seem always think that love before marriage will bring a happiness in their marriage later. Perhaps, it might be true. However, is it always true? And arranged marriages do not bring a happiness? These reasons might lead people believe that an arranged marriage will give bad impact to the child’s spouse, but there is some evidence that choosing arranged marriage has positive results.

Opponents of arranged marriages claim that arranged marriages take away the freedom of choice to the couple. They argue that there will be a lot of pressure of their child to agree with their parents’ expectation. It also leads a question that if the family really loves their daughter, why they would not allow their daughter makes her own decision? How she can marry with someone she does not know? However, by doing arranged marriages, it can avoid bad experience before married. It is because arranged marriages give more security for the woman (Sam, 2012). In an arranged marriage, the couples do not meet until the wedding date. The parents still control both of them. Even for some cases, they will talk together about their marriage with the parents also. They will not be allowed to do more intimate activities before marriage, for example, dating.
Moreover, from Islamic culture point of view, arranged marriages in Islam is...

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The type, functions, and characteristics of marriage vary from culture to culture, and can change over time. In general there are two types: civil marriage and religious marriage, and typically marriages employ a combination of both (religious marriages must often be licensed and recognized by the state, and conversely civil marriages, while not sanctioned under religious law, are nevertheless respected). Marriages between people of differing religions are called interfaith marriages, while marital conversion, a more controversial concept than interfaith marriage, refers to the religious conversion of one partner to the other's religion for sake of satisfying a religious requirement.

Americas and Europe[edit]

In the Americas and Europe, in the 21st century, legally recognized marriages are formally presumed to be monogamous (although some pockets of society accept polygamy socially, if not legally, and some couples choose to enter into open marriages). In these countries, divorce is relatively simple and socially accepted. In the West, the prevailing view toward marriage today is that it is based on a legal covenant recognizing emotional attachment between the partners and entered into voluntarily.

In the West, marriage has evolved from a life-time covenant that can only be broken by fault or death to a contract that can be broken by either party at will. Other shifts in Western marriage since World War I include:

  • There emerged a preference for maternal custody of children after divorce, as custody was more often settled based on the best interests of the child, rather than strictly awarding custody to the parent of greater financial means.
  • Both spouses have a formal duty of spousal support in the event of divorce (no longer just the husband)[clarification needed]
  • Out of wedlock children have the same rights of support as legitimate children
  • In most countries, rape within marriage is illegal and can be punished
  • Spouses may no longer physically abuse their partners and women retain their legal rights upon marriage.
  • In some jurisdictions, property acquired since marriage is not owned by the title-holder. This property is considered marital and to be divided among the spouses by community property law or equitable distribution via the courts.
  • Marriages are more likely to be a product of mutual love, rather than economic necessity or a formal arrangement among families.
  • Remaining single by choice is increasingly viewed as socially acceptable and there is less pressure on young couples to marry. Marriage is no longer obligatory.
  • Interracial marriage is no longer forbidden.

Asia and Africa[edit]

Key facts concerning the marriage law in Africa and Asia:

Some societies permit polygamy, in which a man could have multiple wives; even in such societies however, most men have only one. In such societies, having multiple wives is generally considered a sign of wealth and power. The status of multiple wives has varied from one society to another.

In Imperial China, formal marriage was sanctioned only between a man and a woman, although among the upper classes, the primary wife was an arranged marriage with an elaborate formal ceremony while concubines could be taken on later with minimal ceremony. After the rise of Communism, only strictly monogamous marital relationships are permitted, although divorce is a relatively simple process.

Monogamy, polyandry, and polygyny[edit]

Polyandry (a woman having multiple husbands) occurs very rarely in a few isolated tribal societies. These societies include some bands of the Canadian Inuit,[citation needed] although the practice has declined sharply in the 20th century due to their conversion from tribal religion to Christianity by Moravian missionaries. Additionally, the Spartans were notable for practicing polyandry.[1]

Societies which permit group marriage are extremely rare, but have existed in Utopian societies such as the Oneida Community.[citation needed]

Today, many married people practice various forms of consensual nonmonogamy, including polyamory and Swinging. These people have agreements with their spouses that permit other intimate relationships or sexual partners. Therefore, the concept of marriage need not necessarily hinge on sexual or emotional monogamy.

Christian acceptance of monogamy[edit]

In the Christian society, a "one man one woman" model for the Christian marriage was advocated by Saint Augustine (354-439 AD) with his published letter The Good of Marriage. To discourage polygamy, he wrote it "was lawful among the ancient fathers: whether it be lawful now also, I would not hastily pronounce. For there is not now necessity of begetting children, as there then was, when, even when wives bear children, it was allowed, in order to a more numerous posterity, to marry other wives in addition, which now is certainly not lawful." (chapter 15, paragraph 17) Sermons from St. Augustine's letters were popular and influential. In 534 AD Roman Emperor Justinian criminalized all but monogamous man/woman sex within the confines of marriage. The Codex Justinianus was the basis of European law for 1,000 years.

Several exceptions have existed for various Biblical figures, incestuous relationships such as Abraham and Sarah,[2] Nachor and Melcha,[3] Lot and his Daughters,[4] Amram and Jochabed[5] and more.[6][7][8]

Christianity for the past several years has continued to insist on monogamy as an essential of marriage.

Contemporary Western societies[edit]

In 21st century Western societies, bigamy is illegal and sexual relations outside marriage are generally frowned-upon, though there is a minority view accepting (or even advocating) open marriage.

However, divorce and remarriage are relatively easy to undertake in these societies. This has led to a practice called serial monogamy, which involves entering into successive marriages over time. Serial monogamy is also sometimes used to refer to cases where the couples cohabitate without getting married.

Unique practices[edit]

Some parts of India 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. However, the relationship is not consummated and does not affect their ability to remarry later.[citation needed]

In the state of Kerala, India, the Nambudiri Brahmincaste 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 is no longer practiced, and in general the Nambudiri Brahmin men marry only from the Nambudiri caste and Nair women prefer to be married to Nair men. Tibetan fraternal polyandry (see Polyandry in Tibet) follows a similar pattern, in which multiple sons in a family all marry the same wife, so the family property is preserved; leftover daughters either become celibate Buddhist nuns or independent households. It was formerly practiced in Tibet and nearby Himalayan areas, and while it was discouraged by the Chinese after their conquest of the region, it is becoming more common again.[9]

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. According to LDS theology, it is then up to the deceased individuals to accept or reject this sealing in the spirit world before their eventual resurrection. A living person can also be sealed to his or her deceased spouse, with another person (of the same sex as the deceased) acting as proxy for that deceased individual.[citation needed]

One society that traditionally did without marriage entirely was that of the Na of Yunnan province in southern China. 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 (and as many as two hundred throughout a lifetime). 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 (in the 1970s, couples were rounded up in villages ten or twenty at a time and issued marriage licenses), legislation declaring frequent sexual partners married and outlawing "visits", and the withholding of food rations from children who could not identify their fathers.[citation needed] Many of these measures were relaxed in favor of educational approaches after Deng Xiaoping came into power in 1981. See also the Mosuo ethnic minority of China and their practice of walking marriage.

Types of marriages[edit]

  • Arranged marriage – A marriage that is at some level arranged by someone other than those being married. Cf Matchmaking.
    • Heqin – An arranged marriage for political alliance during Medieval China.
    • Shim-pua marriage – A Taiwanese tradition of arranged marriage, in which a poor family (burdened by too many children) would sell a young daughter to a richer family for labour, and in exchange, the poorer family would be married into the richer family, through the daughter.
  • Avunculate marriage – Marrying one's own uncle or aunt. Cf. inbreeding and incest.
  • Beena marriage – A form of marriage used in pre-Islamic Arabia, in which a wife would own a tent of her own, within which she retained complete independence from her husband, a form of matriarchy.
  • Boston marriage – A marriage-like relationship between two women, not necessarily sexual; also historic lesbian relationships.
  • Celestial marriage – A marriage performed in a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) temple.
  • Child marriage – A practice in which the one or both spouses are prepubescents, while not necessarily below the legal marriageable age. Cf. teen marriage.
  • Civil marriage – A marriage performed, recorded, and recognized by a government official; such a marriage may be performed by a religious body and recognized by the state, or entirely secular.
  • Common-law marriage – A form of interpersonal status that is legally recognized in some jurisdictions as a marriage even though no legally recognized marriage ceremony is performed, no contract is explicitly entered into, and no registry is made of the union. Cf customary law.
  • Cousin marriage – Marriage between first cousins. Cf. inbreeding and incest.
  • Covenant marriage – A marriage in which the couple agrees to obtain pre-marital counseling before marrying, and accept more limited grounds for divorce.
  • Customary marriage – A marriage according to the customary law of a particular social group, which may or may not be recognised by the state. Cf Common-law marriage.
  • Endogamy – A marriage within the boundaries of the domestic group, between members of the same group.
  • Exchange marriage – Two (or more) brothers and an equal number of sisters marry. An element of alliance theory much studied by anthropologists such as Claude Lévi-Strauss. Also known as sister exchange, bride exchange, etc. Cf Sororate marriage.
    • Watta satta – A form of marriage exchange in Pakistan and Afghanistan, involving two simultaneous marriages of a brother-sister pair from two households.
  • Exogamy or Intermarriage – Marriage between people belonging to different groups or backgrounds.
  • Female husband marriage – A marriage in which a female takes a wife; see e.g. the Nandi people; also known in the anthropological literature as woman-to-woman or female-to-female marriage.
  • Female-led marriage – A monogamous, heterosexual marriage in which both partners agree that the woman will act as the leader, principal partner and ultimate authority of the relationship, commonly referred to as an FLR.
  • Flash marriage – the English translation of a recent Chinese expression, denoting a speedy marriage between couples who don't really know one another. Cf. Las Vegas wedding and Nikah 'urfi.
  • Fleet Marriage – The best-known example of an irregular or a clandestine marriage taking place in England before the Marriage Act 1753.
  • Forced marriage – A marriage in which one or more of the parties is married without his/her consent or against his/her will.
    • Marriage by abduction – Also known as marriage by capture or bride kidnapping. A form of forced marriage in which a woman who is kidnapped and raped by a man is thereafter regarded as his wife.
    • Raptio is a Latin term referring to the large scale abduction of women, usually in warfare, either for marriage or for rape
  • Group marriage – A form of polygamous marriage in which more than one man and more than one woman form a family unit, and all members of the marriage share parental responsibility for any children arising from the marriage.
    • Line marriage – A form of group marriage in which the family unit continues to add new spouses of both sexes over time so that the marriage does not end.
  • Handfasting – A traditional European ceremony of marriage or betrothal, commonly practiced by Neopagans today, which may or may not result in a legally recognized marriage. Cf Jumping the broom.
  • Hollywood marriage – A marriage between Hollywood celebrities or a marriage that is of short duration and quickly ends in separation or divorce.
  • Human-animal marriage – A marriage between a human and a non-human animal. A trope in fiction and mythology.
  • Hypergamy – Marriage for the purpose of upward mobility.
  • Lavender marriage – A marriage between a man and a woman in which one, or both, parties are, or are assumed to be, homosexual.
  • Love marriage – A marriage where the basis for the marriage is love. Cf. sham marriage and forced marriage.
  • Marriage of convenience – A marriage intended to serve some pragmatic purpose, not a love marriage. Cf. sham marriage.
  • Mixed-orientation marriage – A marriage where one spouse has a different sexual orientation than the other spouse.
  • Monogamy – Marriage with one spouse exclusively for life or for a period of time. Cf. serial monogamy
  • Morganatic marriage – A marriage which can be contracted in certain countries, usually between persons of unequal social rank, which prevents the passage of the husband's titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage.
  • Muslim marriage – One of several types. See Islamic marital jurisprudence
  • Naked marriage – the English translation of a recent Chinese slang term, denoting a marriage begun without many possessions or wealth.
  • Nikah 'urfi –a type of informal marriage in some Islamic traditions, see Islamic marital jurisprudence. Cf. Las Vegas wedding.
  • Open marriage – A marriage in which the partners agree that each is free to engage in extramarital sexual relationships, without regarding this as sexual infidelity.
  • Plaçage – A recognized extralegal system in which white French and Spanish and later Creole men entered into the equivalent of common-law marriages with women of African, Indian and white (European) Creole descent. Cf. concubinage
  • Polygamy – Plural marriage:
    • Bigamy – One person having two spouses. In English, the word usually denotes a crime, i.e. a sham marriage.
    • Polyandry – The marriage of one wife to several husbands. Fraternal polyandry is a variant in which the husbands are brothers (see Polyandry in Tibet.)
    • Polygyny – The marriage of one husband to several wives.
  • Posthumous marriage – A marriage which occurs after one or both parties is deceased.
  • Proxy marriage – Marriage ceremony during which the wedding couple is not in the same physical location.
  • Putative marriage – An apparently valid marriage, entered into in good faith on part of at least one of the partners, which is invalid because of an impediment. Cf. void marriage.
  • Remarriage – Entering into a new marriage, after the end of the previous one, e.g. by death or divorce. Cf. serial monogamy.
  • Same-sex marriage – A marriage between spouses of the same sex.
  • Self-marriage – A marriage by a person to himself or herself.
  • Self-uniting marriage – A marriage in which the two partners dispense with the presence of a third-party officiant.
  • Sexless marriage or mariage blanc – A marriage in which there is no sex (and, in the latter case, perhaps never was) between the two partners. Cf. marriage of convenience.
  • Sham marriage – Marriage as a pretext to commit fraud. Cf. green card marriage and voidable marriage.
  • Shared Earning/Shared Parenting Marriage – A type of marriage popular in various countries where the partners choose at the outset of the marriage to share the work of childraising, earning money, housework and recreation time in nearly equal fashion across all four domains. Also known as peer marriage.
  • Shotgun marriage – A marriage hastily arranged, often with the implication of the bride's unintended pregnancy.
  • Sororate marriage – A marriage in which a man marries his wife's sister, usually after the wife is dead or has proved infertile.
  • Teen marriage – A practice in which the one or both spouses are teenagers below age of majority, while not necessarily below the legal marriageable age. Cf. child marriage.
  • Trial marriage – A situation were the couples agree to stay together without formalising or legalising the relationship as they wait to see whether it is going to work out.
  • Walking marriage – A practice of a matrifocal group in which the husband spends the nights with his wife, but he departs in the morning to work in his mother's household.
  • Widow inheritance – Also known as bride inheritance. A cultural and social practice whereby a widow is required to marry a male relative of her late husband, often his brother.
    • Levirate marriage – is a type of marriage in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother's widow, and the widow is obliged to marry her deceased husband's brother.
    • Sudanese ghost marriage
    • Yibbum, according to Jewish Torah law, the brother of a man who died without children has an obligation to marry the widow.
    • Widow conservation – an obsolete form of marriage in early Protestant Europe, when the widow of a parish vicar was remarried to her husband's successor to ensure her economic support.
  • Wedlease/Temporary marriage – A contract entailing a brief, fixed-term marital status:
  • Yogic marriage – A tradition of Hindu marriage done within Shavite Sadhus and Sadhvis, to enable them to get positive energy

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