“A recent survey found that 65% of India's youth believe the final decision on marriage should still be taken by their parents” – reports CNN’s Sumnima Udas.
Watch this excellent, and short, video report on arranged marriages in India to see the difference between an arranged marriage and a forced marriage. Great to see the media bringing these issues to the forefront.
Thoughts? Leave them in the comments.
Most people know about the high prevalence of arranged marriages in South Asia (India, Pakistan, etc.) among Hindus and Muslims. However, most people think these arranged marriages are based more in a cultural belief than a religious belief. But, did you know that the Vedas, the Quran and even the Bible mention arranged marriages?
The definition of an “arranged marriage” and how prescriptive each text is varies but we can trace arranged marriages back to 1700-1100 BCE. This post will explore how three of the holy books view arranged marriages.
1. The Bible
In the Bible the most famous arranged marriage is between Isaac and Rebekah. In this passage, a trusted servant was sent by Isaac’s father, Abraham, to find a suitable bride from his own people because he did not want Isaac to take a wife from among the heathen Canaanites (Genesis 24).
During the times marriages where generally arranged by the fathers’ of the bride and groom but it didn’t mean the marriage was binding. The Bible mentions arranged marriages but doesn’t say that parents should arrange marriages, nor does it say they should not.
2. The Quran
In Islam arranged marriages are allowed and promoted as long as both parties (the bride, and the groom) accept the arrangement. Islam is very clear that it does not support an arranged marriage where either the bride or the groom are unhappy with the match. It also puts the responsibility on the parents to ensure the couple is compatible and the marriage is not for their own social or political reasons.
3. The Vedas
Based on historians, arranged marriages originated in Indian during the Vedic period, and were derived from the laws interpreted in the Dharmashastras or sacred texts, which has its roots in the Vedas.
The Vedas described eight forms of marriages in Hinduism. The first four (The Brahma, Prajapatya, Arsa and Daiva) forms of marriages combined together can be classified as arranged marriages, because they actively involve the parents. Based on the Vedas the parents were the ones who decide on the groom and the bride had no say in the marriage – these are characteristics generic to the arranged marriages practiced among Hindus.
Interesting stuff! What do you think about what the holy books say? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Are you enjoying the freedom and independence that comes with finding your special someone? You know what you want so now it’s up to you to find it. It’s great being in control but have you started to feel the pressures of finding your soul mate?
I read an interesting snippet about Love Marriage by Pushpendra Rana that proposed women who are trying to find a love marriage may be more affected to conform to conventional male ideas about beauty than those interested in a more traditional arrange marriage.
This got me thinking about the types of pressures women face when finding their own partner so I decided to poll the women that use Desi Spark to find a love marriage to find out what pressures they feel. Here are the top 3 pressures:
From every Bollywood & Hollywood romantic movie ending happily ever after to all the women’s magazines describing the perfect wedding. The Media constantly puts pressure on women by reminding them that they are not married.
- “What about you?”
They only mean well but women hear the same question over and over again when a friend, parent or aunty hears about someone getting married that isn’t them.
- Cultural Clock
The clock keeps ticking on the unwritten rule that affects most Indian women around the world. If a women passes 30 and is not married she becomes less desirable.
What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.