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The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
G. ArunimaG. Arunima, Roderick PhillipsRoderick Phillips, Sylvia VatukSylvia Vatuk

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Comparative History

Laws and Rituals

The word “marriage,” in contemporary times, suggests a heterosexual, monogamous union that is autonomous of other kinship ties yet central to the creation of a family. In actuality, marriage, both historically and culturally, has had enormous variation in its constitution and meaning. Marriage evolved in different societies for a variety of reasons, which hinged on building political or economic alliances and protecting rights over progeny, property, and inheritance.... ...

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