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Marriage And Divorce

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Wedding ceremonies in the homes of more prosperous families were lively affairs. Two or three brothers and sisters-in-law of the groom dressed in their best clothes and set off before breakfast in the direction of the bride's home. The bride's family warmly welcomed the visitors and briskly attended to the business of preparing food and wine for the guests. They also helped the bride to get dressed and put on make-up. Women and children from the groom's family arrived in a steady stream to visit the new bride, but men were not admitted. During each of these three days the groom's family invited relatives and neighbours for celebratory meals. These guests gave presents to the groom's family, such as cured meat, pickled fish and money. Divorce was caused by pride. If one partner proposed it, the other had to agree. It was too humiliating to resist.

Keywords: bride; divorce; groom; wedding ceremonies



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