We enter into marriage through different ritualistic procedure. A few of these are weird marriage laws around the world or rather totally different from what we realize or believe in the way marriages are solemnized. But these marriages have their own charms and for them this is the way it should be.
13 Strange Marriage Laws Around The World
I am detailing below the 13 weird marriage laws around the world.
1. HERE BRIDES ARE KIDNAPPED BY GROOMS AND THIS IS ACCEPTED IN THIS SOCIETY:
Kyrgyzstan there are few villages, like Chailos, where mom is head and on the maturity of male members there mom gives them permission. After the permission, male starts searching for prospective brides according to their personal and family setup. His friends and family acts like marriage counselors and help in searching the bride. Once pinpointed, they kidnap the bride assisted by friends and family. Once kidnapped, they take the bride to their home where their family members are already waiting and try to solace the girl and get married to the groom who kidnapped her. She cannot flee the place, as it brings bad name to her. So she eventually becomes the bride and get married to the groom
2. THIS IS KNOWN AS WALKING MARRIAGE, THIS MEANS MARRIAGE VOWS ARE NEVER TAKEN AND THEY NEVER LIVE TOGETHER BUT ARE COUPLE. HOW? I HAVE WRITTEN BELOW.
In China, there is an ethnic tribe known as Mosuo who lives in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces close to Tibet border. It is an ultra-peaceful area.
The story goes like this. There was a boy and a girl who fell in love with each other but they were separated forcefully, they became lifeless, and turned into mountains and they cried a lot that the space between the mountain was filled with water and now known as Lugu lake. So, still today Mosuo people get married but live separately.
When the time comes, woman or man of this ethnicity chooses their partner according to their own wishes and woman grants the man permission so that he can go to her place and stay there at night without taking marriage vows. So, matchmaking is done through personal wishes. No They can remain partner as long as they wish. There is no boundation. Also, they can have as many partners as they wish. Father has no role in the upbringing of the children. It is the duty of the mother, her brother and other family members. So, it is a dream marriage for everyone.
As the couple lives in their respective family, there is no question of frequent misunderstanding or quarrel between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law and also there is no question of daughter-in-law not taking care of mother-in-law. So they live happily in their respective families. Generally the groom after finishing the days work goes to the bride's place, stays with the bride with her consent and return to his place in the morning.
This type of togetherness could be for any length of time according to their likeness and fondness for each other. The couple also does not share any kind of property.
NOTE: THERE NO DAD WORD IN MOSUO PEOPLE. THERE IS ALMOST NO CRIME LIKE RAPE, MARITAL DISCORD, OR DIVORCE, ETC.
3. POLYGAMOUS MARRIAGE
Here groom take not one but multiple vows and it cannot have a more appropriate example than Mongo Faya of Cameroon with 80 wives, 22 of whom he has divorced. At one wedding, he got married to 6 women on the same day. He often held court and watch his wives dancing skills and admire them according to their skills. Actually, he gets married to his numerous fans being the only pop star of that country.
Also in Utah in United States, there are few sects which favors being polygamous and they also live peacefully without the females fighting and being jealous of each other, because the man never praises or favors one particular wife. So, to make it a dream marriage, the groom must remain silent.
4. INTERNET GAME MARRIAGE:
There are online matchmaker or virtual world where you can create an ID, choose your character, create your looks, choose partner, get married, have children, but all of these happens in the virtual world just like you can do in the real world. If you like your partner and vice-versa, you can then interact and get married and live together in the real world too. Often there are repercussions, as you do not know how far your partner is living in this earth and sometimes dream marriage is shattered when they come to know that their partner is 1000 miles apart.
5. TALKEETNA BACHELOR AUCTION
There is remote Town in Alaska, known as Talkeetna where bachelors are auctioned. males are auctioned before females and they can literally buy time with the males. 21 or more years of single ladies are allowed in the inside the auction room. Bachelor tries to impress the ladies and winning bidders can have a photo, have a drink and dance with their bachelor. Anything else, is solely depending upon their mutual consent.
6. POLYANDRY-IT IS A MARRIAGE WITH ONE WOMAN SEVERAL HUSBAND.
As the name suggest, this polyandry was present in different parts of world but slowly it is decreasing. There are a few problems, like one may not know who is the father so becoming slowly unpopular. If married to a man, she becomes wife of his brother also, so she cannot chose her husband. Also, many religious strictures take it as adultery and forbid it.
7. CLEDALISM-SOLITARY SLEEPING.
Here marriage vows are taken and they are a couple and enjoy conjugal life also but separately. Here they reach the ultimate pleasure by not being physical but my facial and mental gestures. So, there is no touch. It happens in our life also, like so many people are doing it by just watching on the internet without being physical. Also, there are phone numbers and different sites which offer services where one can chat and enjoy while being miles apart on the internet. Also, online matchmaker provides marriage services, but a few already married people get logged in just for fun. All these are a type of Cledalism.
8. MATCHING EVENTS (WHICH ALSO ACTS LIKE MATCHMAKING AGENCY):
Boy meets a girl naturally and falls in love or develops fondness for each other. But city living and its hectic lifestyle and lack of time sometimes become deterrent and sometimes matchmaking does not happen naturally, so matchmaking events are held where males and females gathers, fill forms detailing about themselves, these details are pasted or sent to each others. After that they sit and just wait to see if anyone has developed likeness for them. This is better than online matchmaker, as here you can instantly meet your partner.
9. MARRIAGE THROUGH DANCE PARTIES
In Finland, the population is very thin and scattered away and that it sometimes becomes impossible to find a match. So matchmaking is done through especially organized parties where people come from faraway places, proposes each other, start dancing, get married if they like each other.
10. SUI-JURIS OR COMMON LAW MARRIAGE:
In many countries, there are laws that if a couple is adult and has lived together according to their own wishes in a spousal relationship for enough length of time then they are considered as good as a married couple and/or granted marital status and marriage laws protects them in case of dispute. It is highly practiced in some parts of Canada and even in India's Supreme Court has granted many rights to the live-in partners. Similarly, it has gained different momentum in different parts of the world.
11. ONLINE MATCHMAKER SITES FOR MATCHMAKING
Now, finding a perfect match is becoming an arduous task, so different online matchmaker sites have mushroomed all over the world tying to help out needy people to get their dream marriage accomplished with their databases. Here one can select from their huge database.
12. ENCIRCLING POND AND PLAYING DICE:
In Estonia, couples during marriage vows encircles a huge water-filled crater created by a meteoroid, it is round and they believe that by encircling this crater which is round and has no ends there marriage will become forever and never end. Just after this ritual, they go and play dice. If the bride dice rolls to 6 number, it means she will look for another partner after 6 years. If the grooms dice rolls to 6 number, it means he will look for another partner after 6 months.
13. REKINDLING MARRIAGE
In Japan, there are love hotels to rekindle the romance and love factor of marriage, so that couples do not need to go separate ways and can enjoy their activity in different ways in a totally done-up place, like rooms with jazzy lights, extra soccer car giving a feel of bumpy ride, etc. These places are a creation of imagination and with their exotic features, they help in keeping the love factor going and marriage vows intact by enjoying their fantasies with their partners.
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