Marriage Practices of the India and Greek Cultures

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Marriage Practices of the India and Greek Cultures ANT101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (GSF1428H) August 11, 2014 Marriage Practices of India and Greek Cultures Marriage is recognized worldwide and is a culturally universal part of life. Every culture has their own unique marriage practices. As Americans, marriage is usually a mutual decision between two individuals that are in love. It is a voluntary commitment to a lifelong monogamous relationship and is recognized by the state. In other cultures, a marriage could be arranged, forced or even consist of multiple wives. How a marriage is recognized varies by culture. A marriage can be recognized by the state, religious authority, tribal groups and more. Marriages can also be of interracial or interfaith nature and even include same sex couples. There are many reasons that individuals marry in addition to love. They marry for emotional, religious, spiritual, legal, financial and many other reasons. In my paper, I intend to explain, compare and contrast the marriage practices, as well as, briefly explain the people and locations of these two cultures. In India, “there are many distinct ethnic groups, but most of its population originates from one of two groups. Indo-Aryan is the largest ethnic group containing about 72 percent of the population, while Dravidian people make up another 25 percent. The remaining 3 percent is made up of 212 tribal groups, which are recognized nationally as distinct ethnic populations” (Colgan, 2014, p. 1). There are a number of languages spoken in India with Hindi being the most popular at 41 percent of the population. (Colgan, 2014). “English is generally used in business and commerce and is also widely spoken at all levels of education. Other significant languages spoken include Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, and

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