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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 Excerpt: ...on betrothal, and generally a further sum when the marriage is consummated, and the daughter handed over to her husband. Sometimes the father will get a piece of land for his daughter's hand, but this is rare, and only given when an object is to be gained, such as marrying into a higher class or clan than the bridegroom could ordinarily aspire to. Rains do not accept money for their daughters, and in fact this avarice is not so common with Muhammadans as with Hindus. 223. Marriages are effected between members of the same class or tribe (zat); for instance, most Jats will give gotSXwed.m ne and take each other's daughters, but the particular clan or goth to which she belongs is excepted as being within the prohibited affinity for a marriage to take place. The Dogars intermarry amongst themselves, and are the only tribe I know of who follow this practice. 224. The expense attendant on marriages is very great. The whole of the poor, maimed, and leprous beggars of the mSTs? attendant n country side collect at a marriage, and have to be fed before they will depart. Friends not invited to a marriage take offence and cease to be friends. Priests, Brahmans, Parohits, and Faqirs all claim their due; and, until a man has collected a large sum of money in hand, he does not wisely undertake a marriage for himself or any member of his family. 225. This brings me to the subject of debt, the curse to every body of men, but more particularly so to the Indebtedness. agriculturist, who suffers perhaps more than any other class. Marriages and the expenses attending them are the jnost fruitful source of debt. Thanks to our light revenue, the credit of zamindars is particularly good, and the more money a banker can lend to a zamindar the more prosperous he becomes; money is th...
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