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ANT.101, WK3, DS1 Social Organizations and Divorce
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Bride wealth in other cultures is mainly the responsibility of the man to provide a portion of his wealth and or his patrilineal wealth as a contribution to his future wife’s family for their loss of a working member of the tribe (Nowak & Laird, 2010).  In correlation to stability of marriage this is a test of the man’s financial status to see if he can provide the requested gift of wealth to the family. If so, then this means he is stable enough to give and still have wealth left to take care of his new wife and their family. It is almost like collecting an inheritance upfront for the woman and kid’s value to the paternal family. 

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