Wedding tradition: the bride's dowry in the old days
• Wedding tradition: the bride's dowry in the old
In the old days, when she got married, her parents gave dowry required. In one case, it could be things, utensils, and in another - money, land. And the dowry was better, the bride became more attractive in the eyes of the groom and his family. About feelings then thought perhaps the last.
Dowry. V. Kopylov.
If we turn to the days of Kievan Rus, few people rejoiced when the daughter was born in the family. This meant that it would need to attach married. And to her for many years fed with another family, we had to try something to draw. The dowry was richer, more attractive was considered the bride.
Grandma's trunk. VV Matorin.
Initially, the dowry was a belongings, which is useful directly by the bride: shirts, sundresses, fabrics and other necessary things in everyday life. Speaking modern language, the dowry - an insurance groom from additional costs associated with the appearance of the bride. So decreases the likelihood that the groom changes his mind to marry. Plus, parents betrothed, too, need to show that their daughter was not a beggar. Here it works not only physical but also psychological factors.
dowry. V. Kopylov.
The groom's family for marriage meant not only the continuation of the species, but also the emergence of additional workers. After all, if it was not a wealthy heiress, the weekdays wife in the new family could only sympathize. It dumped all the work around the house, garden, taking care of children. And if it is even and Dowry, the wife of a lifetime could reproach her benefactors that have taken family and fed for free. For this woman for ten rotten.
In Russia, and Tsarist Russia dowry to his daughter started to collect since childhood. As they get older girl and she was sewing, embroidering imagine things that would get her after marriage. When her daughter became a girl of marriageable age, before matchmakers specially exhibited all the dowry. In rich families to utensils added money, land, peasants.
Receiving the dowry on a mural. VV Pukirev, 1873.
By the way, during the wedding the bride's relatives brought the chest to the door of the bride and demanded a ransom. The echoes of this tradition are now present in almost every wedding.