The sevens types of marriage in Hinduism.

Mikael Aktor aktor at
Thu Dec 5 08:31:16 UTC 1996

See: P.V. Kane, _History of Dharmasastra_, vol.2, pp.516-26.

Mikael Aktor, University of Copenhagen.

At 07:13 AM 12/5/96 GMT, you wrote:
>I recall once having read about seven different types of matrimony in
>Hinduism, each distinguished from the other by the manner in which the
>girl was given to, or taken by, the husband. I would like to know in which
>text(s) these marriages are explained in detail and also the names of the
>Off the top of my head (and therefore probably not exact) I remember one
>type being where the girl was allowed to choose her own husband, another
>where the girl was abducted by the husband, yet another when the devas
>gave her to her husband.
>Thanks in advance.
>Anshuman Pandey
>Anshuman Pandey | apandey at | University of Washington
>  "Life is an impossible scheme, and love an imperceptible dream. 
>   Face the facts, that's what it's always been. Relax. What you 
>   see is what you've seen, What you get is a new philosophy."
Mikael Aktor, Research Fellow, cand.phil.

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