Random thoughts from dowry negotiations

  1. Yes, great article on the uncertainty we feel in the loss of traditions, some of which are declaimed as 'backwards.'
    In many countries I've visited in Asia, the dowry is a kind of insurance for the bride in the event that things don't work out and she is left on her own.
    In America, the divorce court is the instrument of insurance here. You have to ask how much more successful a method it is when you see how it rends families apart. (Just asking.)

    As the middle class grows in parts of Asia and Africa and women are more educated, the insurance has much less importance, but the dowry persists for its greater value of showing, sincerity and commitment. Not appreciating these aspects, many Westerners are shocked at the prospect of participating in such a tradition.

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