Function[ edit ] Bridewealth is commonly paid in a currency that is not generally used for other types of exchange. Instead, it is a purely symbolic gesture acknowledging but never paying off the husband's permanent debt to the wife's parents. For instance, in Middle-Age Europe, the family of a bride-to-be was compelled to offer a dowry —- land, cattle and money —- to the family of the husband-to-be. Bridewealth exists in societies where manual labor is more important than capital.
Officials were limiting what a groom-to-be could pay for a bride. Anything more and they would risk being accused of human trafficking. The costs, though, are swelling as China copes with one of the biggest demographic imbalances in history.
One part of it has been long known: Girls were sometimes aborted, killed after birth or simply left in a bureaucratic limbo as not registered with authorities before the one-child rule was eased in There are an estimated 30 million or so more men then women in China — giving it one of the most lopsided ratios in the world.
Why not my daughter?
Many teenage girls leave to pursue education or better-paying work in cities. They want local marriages and the local children they could produce. Yet the high cost of dowries stands in the way. The twist, however, is that the well-meaning efforts can split villages.
The controls are good if you have a son. Not so good for families with a daughter. He has one daughter. He planned to give the bride price to his daughter anyway, once she started her family. It was the principle of the thing for Liang, who asked that only the one name be used in his discussion of a sensitive family issue.
Is also has left men from impoverished areas without any hope of finding a mate. He decided to try something similar. Liang knows the village cannot do much to enforce the rule. But he hopes people will eventually adjust their thinking.bride price n. A payment in the form of money, property, or other valuable asset that is made by or on behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in certain cultures or societies.
Also called bride wealth. bride price or bride wealth n (Anthropology & Ethnology) (in some societies) money, property, or services given by a bridegroom to . Bride-PriceIn many societies where the economic aspects of life are intimately associated with group interests, bride-price is present as an arrangement between corporate groups that negotiate transfers of wealth and rights.
The Bride Price - Kindle edition by Quenby Olson, Ash Navarre, Kay Villoso. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Bride Price/5(14). The Bride Price is a novel (first published in the UK by Allison & Busby and in the USA by George Braziller) by Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta.
It concerns, Author: Buchi Emecheta. Bride-price definition is - a payment given by or in behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in many cultures.
a payment given by or in behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in many cultures. Bride Price is a Afro-futurism person-verses-society, colorful coming of age short story of a young Nigerian-American woman, named Uzoma Nwosu, who goes on a normal trip to her local African grocery store when a single turn down the wrong aisle propels her into a mystical traditional Igbo wedding.