As I was walking the dog this morning I thought about marriage since there is a big 'to do' going on about it. There's traditional marriage and now there's nontraditional marriage, both are supposed to be based upon the love of two people. However, too many are oblivious to the fact that right from the beginning marriage was about ownership and that ownership needed to be legitimized by some deity, or religious philosophy. I get a little fed up with this crap about the love between a man and a women because in all of the shrieks and rants no one mentions bankable. Dowries were important. A young woman who had a dowry worth 2 pigs, 4 goats, and 10 chickens was worth a hell of a lot more then a young woman who could only bring 3 goats and 6 chickens to a marriage. Where's the love in that? Some cultures relied heavily on matchmakers, people hired to broker marriages, and the first thing they looked was ownership. What were the potential bride and groom going to be bringing to the table?
The age of the bride was important as well. For centuries the younger she was the better, not because so many of the men were pedophiles, but because so many women died in childbirth. The younger the bride, the more likely she would have several children who survived. Babies were very important, after all, who was going to take care of you when you hit the ripe old age of 36.