Emarion Marriage

Most civilizations have at some point had a custom for the joining of two people in various regards. Marriage in Emaria, unlike some customs, has little legal hold on either party, however. Taxes are payed jointly by both, and that’s about the only bureaucratic ligature it has.

More important to people is the custom itself, and the ceremony that goes along with it. Ceremonies are usually small, with only immediate family and close friends attending, normally fewer than twenty people. The ceremony, which traditionally takes place outside, is often conducted by one of the parents, a priest, a town’s mayor, or in some very rare cases even a god.

The people attending all gather on a lush hill or whatever’s available. They sit either on the ground or on benches or other seats set up for some degree of comfort. Last to arrive is the couple getting married, who walk to the centre of the group. The others turn to greet them and give their full attention. One from the couple, usually the husband, relates the story of how they first met, and some stories about the times they spent together up to that point, usually leaving out the method and place he (or she, if the wife did) proposed the marriage. The other then speaks briefly about their plans for the future, where they plan to live, how many children, et cetera. In the case of same-sex couples the explanations can go either way.

The couple then speaks vows to each other to support each other, have no other romantic links and other such promises which, in older times before and shortly after the Dragonian War, the attending family and friends were actually expected to hold the couple to those vows. The couple then sits together in the middle of the group and everyone eats a large meal. As people finish eating, they give their best wishes to the new couple and leave the wedding. When everyone but the couple and the person conducting the ceremony have left, the conductor presents both of them with a piece of jewelry to signify their marriage, usually rings or amulets.

The jewelry is usually silver or gold with gems that either match the others’ eyes, or are the favourite gem of the wearer. Once they’ve donned the jewelry, the conductor leaves the ceremony as well, leaving the couple alone, who then sit together and just enjoy the company of the other for a while before leaving as well.

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One Response to “Emarion Marriage”

  1. Commentary: Selfish suggested this on Saturday because I was having trouble coming up with a good topic for today. Also, I’m at the time of writing I’m still kind of deciding where to put this when I post it, since I don’t really have a section for strictly cultural topics. If you’re reading this now, then this is what I decided. =D

    Also: It was hard coming up with a good ceremony that was distinguishable from a Christian marriage but relatable so as not to seem too tightly structured to someone unfamiliar with it. This is even harder when you look at a Christian marriage, which is tightly structured and would be really hard for someone unfamiliar with the general culture behind it to understand. I like to think I did a decent job in this case, and covered at least all the basic information.

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