So far it has been a general perception that the Joseon people’s marital rituals were strictly based upon the Ga’rye(家禮) code. But was it really? This should be verified by other sources, and in case of this article with the daily journals [日記] which became quite popular and also ordinary among the 16th century Joseon Sa/Daebu figures [Scholar/Officials].
The central core of Joseon families were the married couple and their unmarried sons and daughters. The husband and wife would respectively inherit their own parents’ properties, and they would choose their own residence to settle down among those places inherited from their respective parents. This was made possible because there was a principle of ‘equal distribution of properties to one’s sons and daughters [子女平分]’ defined and dictated in the Josoen Law Code Gyeong’guk Daejeon(經國大典) (as a principle for inheritance and succession of economic resources). We can see that the Josoen family was fundamentally a core unit of parents and immediate offsprings, with the husband and wife -the ultimate center- sharing equal footing in deciding important things that would ultimately affect the family. In other words, the Joseon family displayed complete equality in terms of gender, featuring the male and female as equal partners.