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Marriage Customs of the World

From Henna to Honeymoons

Marriage Customs of the World by George P. Monger
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An encyclopedia of marriage rites, traditions, and beliefs from around the world, ranging from ancient practices to contemporary ceremonies. Like other social rituals, weddings are filled with traditions that everyone accepts as meaningful and necessary. But when and how did all those necessary things originate? The bouquet and the white dress? The Huppah and the smashed glass? The Muslim wedding's henna night? Or even the notion that weddings should take place in churches? Didn't they always? Marriage Customs of the World: From Henna to Honeymoons cordially invites you to explore the rites, rituals, and iconography of weddings from around the globe. In more than 200 alphabetically organized entries, an accomplished folklorist describes the key components and beliefs related to marriage across a representative selection of the world's cultures.

Tracing the evolution of wedding ceremonies from their beginnings to their contemporary forms, Marriage Customs of the World dispels many myths and uncovers a number of intriguing connections and variations across different peoples. Readers will learn that the church wedding was not practiced in Europe until the 16th century, that the white bridal dress is a 20th-century development, and that the canopy associated with Jewish weddings is also commonly used in Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Finland. Engaging, authoritative, and insightful, Marriage Customs of the World is the ideal reference for investigating both familiar and exotic practices and for exploring what is both specific and universal about the role of marriage in societies everywhere.

ABC-CLIO; November 2004
342 pages; ISBN 9781576079881
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Title: Marriage Customs of the World
Author: George P. Monger