Accepted paper:

A study on the bride price and dowry of the Yi people at Liangshan

Authors:

Weigu Qumu (Southwest University for Nationalities)

Paper short abstract:

This paper studies the types, items, functions, and rules of the bride price and dowry of the Yi people at Liangshan, presenting a case for the study of anthropological understandings of marriage.

Paper long abstract:

This paper studies the types, items, functions, and rules of the bride price and dowry of the Yi people at Liangshan, presenting a case for the study of anthropological understandings of marriage. The Bride Price and Dowry of the Yi People at Liangshan embodies traditional cultures and value concepts. Of the two marriage sides, the male side establishes the affinity with the female family and wins the acceptance of the society by means of paying the bride price, which functions as a certain tied mechanism for the life and economy of the future husband and wife. Dowry is a confirmation for a stable marriage after getting married. And the marriage of the Yi people is relatively stable at the local region, what significance can be implied for the modern marriage.

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Ethnographies of (dis)connection: marriage, families, households and homesteads in contemporary communities