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Changing Marriage Customs Among Brahmins: A Sociological Viewpoint

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This research examines the evolving marriage customs within the Brahmin communities situated in Birendranagar Municipality 8, Khajura Tol, Surkhet, Nepal. The main objective of this research is to find out the changing marriage custom among the Brahmin people in the present context and analyze the transformative shifts occurring in marriage traditions, addressing key research inquiries pertaining to changing practices, societal ramifications, levels of satisfaction, and disparities across different generations. To achieve this, a methodologically comprehensive approach is employed, integrating both quantitative and qualitative research methods in this study. The research design encompasses a field survey, enabling the collection of primary data, supplemented by an analysis of secondary data to ensure a thorough investigation. The participant selection process executed through the application of purposive sampling, ensuring representation that aligns with the study's objectives. The findings bring to light notable trends, including a discernible trend towards heightened liberalization, a decline in the practice of dowry, the emergence of novel marriage forms, and a palpable inclination to eliminate the conventional ritual of kanyadaan in pursuit of gender equality. 20 respondents have been chosen in this study. Among them 14 respondents are selected female and 6 respondents are selected male. The synthesis of quantitative data and qualitative insights provides a nuanced understanding of the intricate dynamics underlying these shifts in marriage patterns in study areas. As a contribution to the academic discourse, this study not only furthers our understanding of changing marriage customs but also offers valuable insights into their broader societal implications, thereby enriching the existing body of knowledge in this field.

DOI 10.11648/j.hss.20231106.13
Published in Humanities and Social Sciences ( Volume 11, Issue 6, November 2023 )
Page(s) 196-202
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Keywords

Society, Perceptions, Satisfaction, Changing, Marriage, Customs, Community

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  • Department of Sociology, Mid-West University, Surkhet, Nepal

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