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Marriage Relationships

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The wider dissemination of Han culture in the early 1900s may have led to similar behaviour between Kam spouses. This scenario was more common among people in the northern Kam villages, who were more influenced by Han Chinese culture, than among the southern Kam, where husbands and wives conversed more freely and naturally with one another. Sex in marriage still continued at dead of night, the husband entering reticently and without words. The act of intercourse completed, he left. The couple continued in this vein right up to old age. This is how it happened that a woman generally slept without locking her bedroom door. After the wedding, however, Hong gradually became lean, haggard and introverted. His wife, on the other hand, was glowing with health and quite an extrovert, never happier than when she was visiting others in the village.

Keywords: Han Chinese culture; Kam villages; marriage



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