China has long and rich history dating back over 5,00 years. It is one of the most oldest countries in the world. Traditions concerning the man and the woman, and marriage, have been changing only in the last century. In ancient times marriages were mostly arraigned when the girl was in her teens. Sometimes as young as 11 or 12 years old. Most times it was because the parents were poor and they could not afford to feed and clothe the child. Often times they were sold to the husbands parents. They were taken from their homes and considered the family of the husband. Her real parents no longer had the right to interfere with the girl’s life in any way.
Political reasons were there too. Wealth, power and family position had a great deal to do with the arraignment of the marriage. She was treated as a servant instead …Chinese Marriage Customs – Then and Now Read More