How Long Has the Institution of Marriage Existed For?

How Long Has the Institution of Marriage Existed For?

Most ancient societies needed a secure environment for the perpetuation of the species, a system of rules to handle the granting of property rights, and the protection of bloodlines. The institution of ple, in ancient Hebrew, the law required a man to become the husband of a deceased brother’s widow.

How Long Marriage Existed For

Marriage comes from Middle English which was first seen in 1250-1300 CE. However, the ancient institution likely predates this date. The main goal of marriage, earlier on, was to act as an alliance between families. Throughout history, and even today, families arranged marriages for couples. Most couples didn’t marry because they were in love, but for economic liaisons. The people involved didn’t have much to say about the decision then, and often don’t today, either.

Women and Brides

In our modern world, some marriages are by proxy, some involve a dowry (the bride’s family giving money or presents to the groom or his family,) and some require a bride price (the groom or his family giving money or a present to the bride’s family). (more…)