Marriage Culture of Raglai Ethnic Group

Type Journal Article - Vietnam Social Sciences
Title Marriage Culture of Raglai Ethnic Group
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 47-53
Based on the results of research on the Raglai ethnic group in Khanh Hoa province, the
article points out that marriages of the group bear the features of a matriarchal society such as a girl
“catching” a man to be her husband, a son-in-law residing in his wife's family, children adopting
their mothers’ surnames... However, Raglai marriages are formed on the bases of the couple’s love
and voluntarism and the consent of their parents and members of the clan. The Raglai follow the
principles of [biological] exogamy and monogamy. In addition, the role and position of Raglai men
in the family and society are different from those in other matriarchal ethnic groups. These factors
are the features which characterise the ethnic group’s marriages.

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