Thus while a large brideprice
gives status to the wife and to the marriage, in some areas Lobola payments have "inflated to a degree that disturbs many" (Bourdillon, 1998, 45).
Legal remedies--those that set a minimum age for marriage, grant women the right to consent to or refuse a marriage, or ban marriage payments such as brideprice
and dowry--have generally had little impact.
Most forms of marriage require a brideprice
payment from the man to the woman's family.
Duna society is kept running by 'mediative substitutions', that is to say the exchange of pigs, axes, plumes, tree oil, dogs' teeth and other valuables for homicide compensation and brideprice
The groom's family pay a brideprice
to the girl's family, usually a number of pigs and other items; nowadays cash forms part of the transaction and education adds to a girl's value.
And this doesn't take into account the temporary marriages when he was an officer in the Southeast, where a woman's brideprice
would be raised in her next marriage for having been a wife--even on a temporary basis, of a high-status official, say an engineer or a military officer.
In fact, earlier in the play, when Mirza and Mahmut are still trying to come to an agreement over the brideprice
for Gulsum, Mirza quite blatantly draws on images of his sister's sexuality to increase his bargaing power.
Nasarian's interest in education makes her unfit to obtain a large brideprice
, and she is sent to a cousin where she will care for his daughter and study for her A-level examinations.
Indeed, the special meaning or significance attached to ritual transfers such as dowries or brideprice
should warn us against asset-transfer interventions that are designed without paying attention to cultural contexts.
The positive and negative contributions which the practice of brideprice
, or bridewealth make, can be considered from different viewpoints.
The inflation of local prices, compensation claims and brideprice
has led to bickering between clans and ethnic groups over payouts.
A series of test cases, brought before a progressive judiciary, established women's rights to marry without their parents' consent and without the transfer of brideprice
, to inherit property on an equal basis with their brothers, and to sue in their own capacity (eliminating their parents' capacity to sue on their behalf) for seduction damages.