Marriage in Nepal : Weird and Shocking Marriage Rituals of Different Caste

Marriage in Nepal

Marriage in Nepal : Overview

Marriage in Nepal has different aspects but before we start that let us get to the background. Marriage is The practice of marriage is prevalent all over the world. In ancient times, marriage was practiced in many ways. However, at present, only two traditional marriages and love marriages are more prevalent. After marriage, boys and girls are known as husband and wife. Husband in English which literally means – the owner of the house. After marriage, each person is known as a husband or a householder. Do you know how marriage started?

The history of marriage is considered to be very old. The marriage has gone through three situations till today. There was a time when marriage was in the power. The boy would win the girl he liked by stealing or using force to make her his wife. It was customary for kings and emperors to marry by themselves. In Swayamvara, the girl’s father had made it a condition for her to do some hard work. Sita Swayamvara is also an example of the same marriage.

Marriage in Nepal
Marriage in Nepal


Then came a time when the second type of marriage began. Under this method, people bought a girl by giving her wealth and the girl who bought it became his wife. Then the third method of marriage became popular – under this marriage, marriage started by talking between the girl’s side and the boy’s side. This method of marriage is still prevalent today. In addition, some children began to marry even after mutual love.

Then came a time when the second type of marriage began. Under this method, people bought a girl by giving her wealth and the girl who bought it became his wife. Then the third method of marriage became popular – under this marriage, marriage started by talking between the girl’s side and the boy’s side. This method of marriage is still prevalent today. In addition, some children began to marry even after mutual love.

Marriage is still a social bond that provides social security to women.In different countries of the world, marriages are performed in different ways. For example, Christian marriages are performed in churches, while Hindus are performed in the Yajna mandapa with fire as a witness. After marriage, husband and wife become each other’s spouses. In a real sense, a person fulfills his duties and responsibilities only after marriage.

Marriage in Nepal
Marriage in Nepal

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Shocking Practices of Marriage In Nepal

1.Among the shocking marriage in nepal,In the Halmo (Yolmo) caste, which is the original origin of Helmu in Sindhupalchok district, arranged marriages such as arranged marriages, stolen marriages and love marriages are prevalent. However, the number of arranged marriages has increased. In this caste, it is not customary to put vermilion in marriage. The marriage is considered to have been consummated after the bride and groom were vaccinated with a flower flower (a type of tree) by the Lama.

2.Aother weird practtice marriage in Nepal is in Mustang.The Syangtan caste living in some wards of Syang village of Marfa VDC in Mustang district has the practice of solicitation, theft, love, polygamy and remarriage. There, young men and women between the ages of 16 and 25 are considered eligible for marriage, while there are rules for getting married from the three villages of Syang, Thini and Chimang. Interracial marriage is banned in that caste. In this caste, it is customary to marry the daughter of an aunt and uncle.

3.This marriage  in Nepal is followed by Sherpas.In the Sangtan caste, it is an interesting custom to bring a girl by shouting, then to quarrel and discuss, and finally to arrange the marriage. The Sherpas, who live on the northeastern border of Nepal, have a tradition of marrying uncles and aunts. There are especially arranged marriages. It is customary for an unmarried brother-in-law to take care of his brother-in-law after his brother’s death.

Marriage in Nepal
Marriage in Nepal

4.In the Sherpa community, it is customary for a boy to free a girl if she does not get pregnant and pay for the delivery. Under such a tradition, the girl child is not socially excluded and the child is also given social recognition. Sexual freedom is a unique example of this caste, while some Sherpas even practice polygamy.

5.Similarly, in the Sunuwar caste, as in the Sherpa caste, it is customary to take care of brothers and sisters-in-law, but it is not customary to marry uncles and aunts. Instead, he marries his sister-in-law and sister-in-law’s daughter.

6.Even in Limbu, it is customary to take care of a widowed brother-in-law. In this caste, when marrying a daughter, the girl’s side demands a handful of jewelry and money from the boy’s side. Such a practice is called ‘Sunauli-Rupauli’.

7.There are four types of marriages prevalent in the marriage rites of the Kiranti caste from Pallo Kirant to Sikkim in the east of Nepal. When you have to go to get the girl you like, you have to go to the girl’s house with Phedangma.

8.The bride is not allowed to sleep through the night, dancing and joking, believing that the bride sleeps soundly all night long.

9.In another famous caste of Nepal, marriage is also done within the caste as much as possible. Marriage between uncle and aunt is a priority. Within the Magar community, there is a tradition of ‘covering the girl’, in which a girl who has reached the age of 16 is deceived and forcibly caught and dragged away and married. A few months after the marriage, the bride and groom go to the in-laws, it is said to pay “char”.Paying”char” is the amount of money to be paid as a penalty for freeing a girl from the arms of her parents. The girl’s mother-in-law has to go to return the step only after paying the fare and at the same time the marriage ceremony is completed and the daughter-in-law is sent off with dowry.

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Marriage in Nepal


10.Polygamy is still practiced in some of the Bhote families who have been living for centuries along the Himalayas and the Himalayas on the northern border of Nepal. fter the eldest brother marries and brings a wife, the woman becomes the wife of all the brothers in the house.Such a practice is found especially in Khumbu region and Mustang district in the east. Some have argued that the practice of having separate wives for each person would lead to the problem of having to build separate houses to avoid such hassles and there would not be enough land to build a house. This practice has also helped to get rid of the problem as having more wives per person will also increase the number of children.

11. Like the Sherpa caste, the Barhagaun caste also has polygamy. They also have arranged marriages, love marriages, stolen marriages and polygamy. If there is a runaway marriage, it is customary for the boy’s side to apologize with a bottle of chyang (jaundice) after the girl ran away. You should apologize without going straight to the house. Similarly, under polygamy, the wife of the eldest son becomes the common wife of all the brothers. All the brothers-in-law have the right over the brother-in-law until the brother is released, but not after the brother is released.

12.In the Baram caste living in the northern region of Gorkha district, arranged marriage is in vogue. The boy’s side should bring a bottle of liquor when they first ask for a girl. This is called ‘Sarkepung’. If the children like each other, it is customary to carry a large bottle of liquor next time. This is called ‘Thekipung’.After the date has been fixed, the bridegroom’s party will have 12 dharni liquor, 12 petara roti, one boko, one pathi of rice, one handful of sal leaves, one handful of sinka etc.It is customary to take it to the bride’s house. Swayamvar, Sindurdan etc. are all done in marriage.

13.In the Dhimal caste, which lives more in the eastern Terai of Nepal and east of Mykhola, marriage is considered a mutual desire of children. So when the young men and women like each other and decide to get married, both of them secretly inform their parents and the parents arrange the marriage and the marriage is consummated by inviting them.

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Marriage in Nepal


14.The Lepchas are said to have migrated from the east to Sikkim in the 13th / 14th century and from there to the present Jalpaiguri. Lepcha’s native habitat is the Kanchenjunga Mountains, from where they descend to Ilam in eastern Nepal, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong in India. In the Lepcha language, the bridegroom is called ‘Mack’ and the bride is called ‘Nome’. The bride is married seven times in different stages and only the bride goes to the boy’s house. In Lepchas, the masses do not go from the boy’s side but from the girl’s side.

15.In the Lepcha language, marriage is called ‘bri’. It means uniting two creatures. In Lepchas, it is especially customary to get married. Marriage is usually completed after one and a half to three years of marriage. Meanwhile, the boy has to stay at the girl’s house.Since the Bote caste is scattered in many districts, it is not possible to determine their origin. The plants mainly live on the banks of Madi Seti and Kaligandaki rivers.

In this caste, it is customary to have both love and betrothal marriages, but marriage between mamacheli and fupucheli is forbidden. Talking to children is called ‘carbate’. The wedding is held in January and February, while the bar is chosen on Tuesday and Wednesday. Before going to the procession, the groom should breastfeed the mother and bow down with money on the mother’s knees to pay for the milk. It is still customary to play ratyauli at home after the bride enters, and it is also customary to annoy the bride and groom by putting chilli in the agena at night.

16.Brahmins recite mantras in front of the bride and groom sitting on the ground at a Thami wedding. Then the boy’s brother knocks the head of the bride and groom six times. Then the marriage ceremony is completed.

In Nepal, a multi-ethnic country, marriages take place in different ways. If such a practice makes it easier to understand social history, it is possible to study the effects of the tradition on family relationships. Such practices play an important role in human development. However, with the advent of modernity and the development of globalization, traditional marriages are on the verge of extinction.