15 Aug 2016

What is a Dowry?

What is a Dowry? When families arranged marriages, they were trying their best to guarantee their offspring a pleasant and comfortable life.  The bride was expected to bring a “dowry” of money, jewels, animals, or something of substantial value to the marriage.  This substantial value was provided by the family of the bride and portrayed her perceived worth .   On the other hand, the groom paid a “brides price” to her family and promised to faithfully support the bride.   Also see, “The Origin of the Dowry, Betrothal Ring and Elopement.”

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