Marriage can be defined as formal/ legal act of a man and a woman/ same sex, who are partners in relationship this union includes a sexual relationship, also may include other components such as ritual, permanence, contractual and legal acts. I am to discuss the conjugal and jugal definitions of marriages in reference to 3 sources or case studies. I will elaborate on these by using the sources to help understand the context and to see if the conjugal or jugal definitions are the definitions that best describe suitable to define the concept of marriage or if it is fit to say that conjugal and jugal definition of marriages define or cover all forms of marriage.
Conjugal definition of marriage A Conjugal marriage is a marriage described to…show more content… Lineage is what is important to the Nayar each lineage is connected from 2 to 3 lineages within the neighbourhood and involves continuous exchanges. Lineage played a part in the pre- puberty rites, a lineage would host a ceremony for the other which a girl would be married to a ritual husband. The ritual husband will not father any of her a kids instead she would be allowed visiting husbands (the children will have to call the visiting husbands or mothers lover as “Lord” or “leader”). The men will have to claim child/ children and testify that the child did not violate the caste laws. Kathleen Gough case study of the Nayar is an example of how marriage can change in cross cultural comparison. This marriage does not play an economic purpose which against Murdock’s definition of marriage.
Jugal definition of marriage Jugal Marriage definition is marriage based on being a contractual union between two parties involving an exchange of rights, goods and/or cultural obligations from one party to the other.
In most cultures marriage entails a transfer of goods or a service to a family for varies reasons but mostly for alliances and for the Brideswealth for her services in the marriage there after. The Brideswealth is payed for the bride by the groom for his kinship group for the brides labour and services. Jugal criteria are often used as legal evidence for a formal marriage…show more content… In the customary law many transaction are necessarily made to create a marriage. When the bohadi is payed then the children are considered to be the man’s children even if the woman has died a levirate will be shown that that bohadi was payed for her therefore they are the payees children. Marriage in this instance is not considered as a once off payment but a continuous which remains outstanding for many years (affinity never ends which is in regards to Lesotho tradition). In regards to the customary law, a marriage is valid when there is an agreement between the parties and the transfer of some bohadi cattle has happened, what is important is a formal recognition of the union by both families concerned or else it would not be a marriage. As shown this is different to that of Gough and Murdock, as they very well did not touch on the validity of a marriage through any of property