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Arranged marriage is a concept that does not take precedence in the United States where love marriages are most popular In this presentation we will explore the reasons for arranged marriages and look at the process that goes on Our group will also relate this topic to such anthropological terms such as dowry and joint family system Our goal is to help others understand that no matter how different arranged marriages may seem to Americans they love procreate and support each other possibly more successfully than our love marriages Before delving into the intrcacies of the process of arranges marriages we will define our terms so that students will know how to relate them when they hear them in our presentation Posters will act as our visual aid in order to explain such terms as swamber which literally means groom seeks out his bride Other terms such include dowry which is the payment of the womans inheritance at the time of her marriage either to her or her husband This dowry usually helps pay for the wedding ceremony paid mostly by her parents One very important part of an arranged marriage is the significance of the middle man who is usually a middle woman She may be a family friend or an aunt of the person to be married This matchmaker thoroughly inspects the pasts and reputations of the prospective bride or groom to find anything that may not be approved by the family This is usually done by word of mouth by relatives and friends who know the person There are three main characteristics that the mediator looks for the girl or boys social status their education level and their physical appearance After these qualities have been approves by both families the two may meet if they dont already know each other If they agree they would like to be married the wedding may proceed as soon as two weeks later or as
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