The Correlation Between Bride Wealth and Stability of Marriage

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Describe the correlation between bride wealth and stability of marriage. How is your understanding of this relationship impacted by the status of women in pastoral societies? Societies that observe bride wealth usually also have stable marriages with little to no incidences of divorce(Nowak, B., & Laird, P. 2010). This is due mostly to the fact that in the occurrence of a divorce, distributing the wealth would be difficult because it is mostly livestock. The responsibility of the wife is to help tend to the livestock as well as household chores and bearing children. They continue to assist in the growth of the civilization by giving birth and they help maintain life by helping with the animals Reflect on marriage in current North…show more content…
From an etic point of view I do not see how Christianity has any right to do that. The tribes that are mentioned in chapter 6 seem to have had years of tradition and heritage and now because of the Christian church it is gone. The chief’s status is legitimized by the moral and religious system. Chiefs rule by super­natural authority, mana. This concept is exceedingly important even today. To have mana is to have influence, authority, and efficacy—the power to perform in a given situation. People, places, and even governments that possess mana are given respect. (Nowak, B., & Laird, P. (2010) Now because Christianity has forced tribes to convert the Chiefs have lost the mana and have given to a bigger more powerful religion. The changes the voluntary conversion to Christianity was huge. The chiefs in the Chiefdom served as a political leader whose role was "to have been established by a supernatural power. (Nowak, Laird 2010)” This “ranked society” or theocracies (Nowak, Laird 2010) was limited to the class and gender in the society and was restricted to males. Once Christianity came in, women became ordained, the use of lay people, affected the status of the chiefs. They were no longer special on a religious front and began to convert to Christianity. The more the Christian missionaries became prevalent in these regions, the more the conversion. With conversion comes getting rid of other gods, rituals, etc…such as the

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