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Old 05-07-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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Historically, arranged marriages were common all over the world, from Japan to England, especially for rich/upper class families, but nowadays, with liberalization and more freedom for individuals, it is less common for families to make or influence this decision and now associated with more conservative parts of South Asia and West Asia (the Middle East) and Africa.

In which places in Asia are marriages still mainly arranged?
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:16 PM
 
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I know an Indian girl from grad school who met her husband once before they got married.
And this girl came from an affluent family and was studying in the US.
Their family arranged the marriage within two weeks.
It blew my mind since she came across as very independent and strong-willed.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:29 AM
 
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I would assume the sub-continent and more traditional parts of the Middle East, and among tribal societies further east. Keep in mind, that a lot of arranged marriages, especially in India, are actually at the behest of the suitors, and the parents/family act sort of like matchmakers/arrangements. So not all are forced.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:02 AM
 
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I know a young Pakistani girl who was brought in the USA and was required to marry a man that her parents choose from Pakistan. Luckily for her it all worked out and the young couple get along and live in the USA.

Also in Israel among the Ultra-Orthodox (Hassidic) population, a matchmaker arranges matches for young people.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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I currently live in Sri Lanka, Colombo, and I’ve heard that arrange marriage is very common here. But now Sri Lanka is not that in to traditions when it comes to marriage. However, yes Sri Lanka and India were known to have arranged marriages more often than not. Also I think in Pakistan they do that too.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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In Indian culture, but it could in other cultures also. One of my Indian colleagues went back to Mumbai from the US, to meet a girl that his parents had wanted him to meet. They hit it off and he brought her over to get married and to live in the US.
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I currently live in Sri Lanka, Colombo, and Iíve heard that arrange marriage is very common here. But now Sri Lanka is not that in to traditions when it comes to marriage. However, yes Sri Lanka and India were known to have arranged marriages more often than not. Also I think in Pakistan they do that too.
I've been to Sri Lanka, and was under the impression that while still traditional things were a bit more modern/liberal compared to most of India. Maybe being mostly Buddhist instead of Hindu has something to do with it.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:36 PM
 
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Arranged marriages have been part of the Indian culture since the fourth century. Many consider the practice a central fabric of Indian society, reinforcing the social, economic, geographic, and the historic significance of India (Stein). Prakasa states that arranged marriages serveTThree functions in the Indian community: (1) helps maintain the social satisfaction system in the society; (2) gives parents control, over family members; (3) enhances the chances to preserve and continue the ancestral lineage;
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:51 PM
 
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A positive result is, almost every member of the society can find a spouse who matches his/her status.

In western society, a minority of men and women are winners of the "dating game". Family has become extremely unstable afterwards.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:15 PM
 
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In muslim countries and in Indonesia.
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