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George Monger“Marriage Customs of the World: From Henna to Honeymoons"
ABC-CLIO | 2004-11-23 | ISBN: 1576079872 | 327 pages | PDF | 1,9 MB
Summary: A well written and useful reference book.
In Marriage Customs of the World, Monger explores the traditions and customs surrounding marriage throughout the world. He covers a wide range of topics arranged alphabetically, from ancient to current practices. In the introduction, Monger states that there are "remarkable similarities of thought, ideas, and symbolism across cultures" in the weeding ceremonies. He goes on to note that the "differences in ceremony usually relate to, and reflect cultural and religious views of marriage and the role of the sexes in society" (ix). The purpose of the book is then to give more detail to the premise that weddings and marriage rituals around the world are both similar and distinct.
Monger accomplishes this through the 191 alphabetically arranged entries that vary in length from a few sentences to several pages. Each entry contains a book reference list for further investigation. Also included are an assortment of photographs and illustrations to enhance the written entries. The book contains a lengthy index referring not only to the text but to the images as well.
Many topics covered are very broad, such as the (bridal) shower, while others are more specific, ie Maori Wedding. Individual concepts of marriage are listed as well as many individual countries and also some religions. The book, written by a British author, does not include a section for the United States or for North America or even any part of South America. Certain entries seem to be lacking relevant facts or else clearly state false or outdated information.
Overall, this reference is well written and would be appropriate for a scholar or student as well as the general public. The text is fairly reasonably priced and is easily understood as well as interesting. As well as being useful in a personal collection, it would be helpful in an academic, public or school library.
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