Marriage History

wedding ringMost companies need a secure environment for the perpetuation of the species, a set of rules to handle the granting of property rights and the protection of bloodlines. Institution of marriage organized these needs. For example, an ancient Jewish law requires a man to become the husband of the widow of his deceased brother.

There are different types of marriages according to the different cultures that exist throughout the world, polygamy, polygyny, polyandry, inbreeding, outbreeding and monogamy. In ancient Egypt, in theory, women had equal rights, but this is not always maintained. Throughout history and even today, couples should be organized to form a marriage. Formerly, most couples are marrying for love.

Some marriages were done simply to make the role of representatives as commercial activities that families could do business, etc. Few of these marriages were made from a courtship or dating, but most do have traditions that must be followed.

An almost universal tradition is the engagement ring. This custom goes back to the ancient Romans. It is believed that the roundness of the ring represents eternity. Therefore, the use of wedding rings symbolizes a union that will last forever. The idea of marriage as a sacrament and not just as a kind of contract dating back to the time of St. Paul, who likened the relationship between a husband and wife to Christ and his church.

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