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MARRIAGE CULTURE OF AKPO COMMUNITY, ANAMBRA STATE
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Marriage is an institution that has formed the foundation of families throughout history. However, the traditions that surround marriage ceremonies, choosing a marriage partner, as well as the obligations and rights of marriage differ from one culture to another. This paper examined the Marriage culture in Akpo community. For more clarification of the topic, it was broken down into chapters. Chapter one introduced the concept to be discussed as well as its early origin. Chapter two deals on Marriage culture in Akpo community, its location and historical background while chapter three concludes the topic discussed.
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
Marriage is a basic institution in every society. It is the recognized social institution, not only for establishing and maintaining the family, but also for creating and sustaining the ties of kinship (Nukunya, 1994). It is an institution in which interpersonal relationship; usually intimate and sexual are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture. Such a union may also be called matrimony, while the ceremony that marks’ its beginning is usually called a wedding and the marital structure created is known as wedlock.
People marry for many reasons which, most often include one or more of the following; Legal, social, emotional, economical, spiritual and religious. Other reasons might include arranged marriages, family obligations, and the legal protection of children and public declaration of love. Marriage applies to the association of husband and wife with reference to the importance of the companionship for each of them (Gallagher, 2002).
In all marriages there is a legally and socially approved sexual relationship between the parties involved and normally, it has to be between opposite sexes for the purpose of procreation and companionship (Westermarck, 1992). According to De Burger (1997) Marriage is a socially sanctioned relationship between men and women potentially enduring beyond the birth of offsprings.
Marriage is described as a partnership contract without an escape clause by Denga, 1986). This means that marriage ideally should be a life-long agreement between couples. All inclusive, marriage is one noticeable result of positive and quiet human relations and associations after some time. As a social reality most youngsters and ladies in the wake of cooperating for some time frequently consent to get hitched, yet most occasions they have a place with various beliefs and strict tendencies.. In the event that we ought to pass by the meaning of marriage by Embers (1978, p.320) as a “socially affirmed sexual and financial relationship between a man and a lady which is assumed, both by the couple and by others, to be pretty much perpetual, and which subsumes proportional rights and commitments among life partners, and among life partners and their future youngsters”. It at that point infers that any marriage should and ought to be socially affirmed.
1.1 Origin of the term
The word “marriage” derives from Middle English mariage, which first appears in 1250–1300 CE. This in turn is derived from Old French, marier (to marry), and ultimately Latin, marītāre, meaning to provide with a husband or wife and marītāri meaning to get married. The adjective marīt-us -a, -um meaning matrimonial or nuptial could also be used in the masculine form as a noun for “husband” and in the feminine form for “wife”. The related word “matrimony” derives from the Old French word matremoine, which appears around 1300 CE and ultimately derives from Latin mātrimōnium, which combines the two concepts: mater meaning “mother” and the suffix -monium signifying “action, state, or condition”.
MARRIAGE CULTURE IN AKPO COMMUNITY
Culture is an umbrella term which encompasses the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities and habits of the individuals in these groups. Humans acquire culture through the learning processes of enculturation and socialization, which is shown by the diversity of cultures across societies. A cultural norm codifies acceptable conduct in society; it serves as guideline for behavior, dress, language, and demeanor in a situation, which serves as a template for expectations in a social group.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Origin of the term
CHAPTER TWO: MARRIAGE CULTURE IN ISI UZO COMMUNITY
2.2 Historical Background
2.3 Marriage Culture of Akpo Community
2.3.1 Traditional Marriage Culture in Akpo Community
CHAPTER THREE: CONCLUSION