one if the major jobs that every man and woman in the past must
fulfill, as it lays the foundation for the family. The Romans in
the past considered marriage and the family to be of great social
importance. In Mesopotamia, marriages took place only when the bride's
family had agreed to the marriage. In ancient Greece, the bride's
hair was cut short and dressed like a boy. After the wedding ceremony,
the new wife would be raped by her husband, after which husband
and wife would live their separate ways - the men continuing to
live in a male dormitory with his friends.
played an important role in the marriages in ancient India and ancient
China. Throughout most of India, a girl from a village was betrothed
to her future husband at a very young age and when she reached her
teens, of about a tender age of 14, she was married off. Similarly
in ancient China, baby girls were match-maked and married off in
their teens to husbands whom they had never met before. Once their
daughters had been married off, the parents had no say in the future
of their daughters anymore, and their daughters had to obey the
parents of their husbands.
people today would agree that marriage is solely between a man and
a woman who are not related biologically or who are not closely
related family members. Imagine a marriage between a brother and
a sister or between a father and a daughter, just how many of us
would be able to accept it? In my opinion, to even think of doing
so is absurd! However strangely enough, such a marriage was perfectly
acceptable in ancient Egypt. Many royal marriages were of brother
and sister and in certain cases, the Pharaohs married their own
daughters, just so that no one else could!
the number of people all over the world getting married is decreasing,
due to the shift in emphasis from family to career. People are now
more concerned about earning as much money as possible, rather than
settling down to start a family. In addition, due to the rising
standards of living, especially in developed countries such as France
and the United States, the cost of raising a child is very high.
Thus, people would rather spend money on material needs than on
children. In place of marriage, which involves a lot of commitment
and time to keep the marriage going, more and more people are co-habitating
instead, which means that a man and a woman live together though
not legally married. However, there are still people, like the older
generation of Chinese for instance (and even some of the modern-day
Chinese too!), who feel that co-habitation is wrong as according
to traditional customs, a man and a woman must first be married
in order to live together.
is co-habitating with the one one loves wrong? If it is so, why
do many people still accept this act? Does co-habitation give one
the same satisfaction and sense of fulfillment in life as marriage?
Personally, I would choose marriage, as I feel that only in marriage
would one feel a sense of belonging and be assured that one's partner's
love for one is true. How far do you agree with my opinion then?
a customarily elaborate wedding ceremony, offerings are spread before
the groom. Although caste and religion determine the prearranged
marriages of Indian villagers, marriage brokers are common in the
Chinese Wedding Ceremony