Society for Anthropological Sciences
Volunteered - Oral Presentation Session
Charles Stapleton (Northern Illinois University)
This research tries to establish what the cultural model of the indigenous custom marriage is in a semi rural community in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Likewise this study seeks to understand the mechanisms that give status as spouses to couples who decide to marry for this type of marriage. Although there are two other types of institutionalized marriage celebrated in the community, some couples prefer to marry by this traditional form of marriage. As an institution, the Catholic Church gives the status of a marriage to a couple through a religious ceremony. It promotes a spiritual union for life. Similarly, the state gives the status of marriage to a couple through a civil ceremony. Thus, through enacted laws gives validity and support to couples who decide to marry. In the case of the traditional indigenous marriage are the members of this community who validate and establishes what are the mechanisms and rules by which couples reach the same status as those couples married by law or religion. It is precisely the members of the community who dictate the ritual carried out to recognize a married couple. At the same time we understand the mechanisms by which couples who marry through indigenous custom marriage we present what are the cultural models of this type of marriage practiced in this community.