Geri Anasayfa


XIX Century Marriage and Wedding in Nestorians

Marriage ceremonies in 19th century Nestorian society bear Middle East characteristics. Marriages took place at early ages and among marriage ritual were beşik kertmesi (choosing spouse while in cradle), engagement and bride-price. A marriage could take place only after mutual familial consent. Social state and financial power of the families were significant factors. Because an elder wife was not favorable, girls usually got married at early ages. Marriage ceremonies took place in churches and new houses. People who attended ceremonies presented gifts in accordance with their economical power. People danced to songs in Turkish, Kurdish and Syriac. Ceremonies ended with meal. Divorce was allowed under strict conditions. Except for

Nestorians, Wedding, Marriage, Middle East, Divorce.