In most of North India, the Hindu bride goes to live with strangers in a home she has never visited.

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For example, in Madhya Pradesh, village exogamy is preferred, but marriages within a village are not uncommon.

Marriages between caste-fellows in neighboring villages are frequent.

Legislation mandating minimum marriage ages has been passed in various forms over the past decades, but such laws have little effect on actual marriage practices.

Essentially, India is divided into two large regions with regard to Hindu kinship and marriage practices, the north and the south.

The entire emphasis is on casting the marriage net ever-wider, creating new alliances.

The residents of a single village may have in-laws in hundreds of other villages.

Arranging a marriage is a critical responsibility for parents and other relatives of both bride and groom.

Marriage alliances entail some redistribution of wealth as well as building and restructuring social realignments, and, of course, result in the biological reproduction of families.

India Table of Contents In India there is no greater event in a family than a wedding, dramatically evoking every possible social obligation, kinship bond, traditional value, impassioned sentiment, and economic resource.