Does 'tying a mangalsutra' (marriage ritual) consecrate a marriage?

  1. OTEE profile image65
    OTEEposted 6 years ago

    Does 'tying a mangalsutra' (marriage ritual) consecrate a marriage?

    A bridegroom tying a mangalsutra (thaali in Tamil) around the neck of the bride (as per Hindu/Tamil tradition) is a ritual which symbolises that a couple are wedded.Today I saw a Tamil movie, in which the hero ties a thaali forcibly to the heroine, when she is having her closed. This kind of marrying was in vogue and accepted in some parts of Tamilnadu a few decades ago.

    If this happened today would you accept that they are married?

  2. Johnkadu123 profile image73
    Johnkadu123posted 6 years ago

    I am afraid I do not consider that to be a valid marriage. It is all about the cultural context but in many Western countries marriage is defined by the state in order to allocate responsibilities and privileges accordingly. For example a Church wedding is followed by some sort of registration with the civil authority.

    On the spiritual side this could very well be a marriage but it is highly doubtful that they could enforce it legally. Given the culture wars that are raging at the moment, the state is taking a very keen interest in the definition of marriage and its implications. Therefore it is inconceivable that tying a mangalsutra is going to be accepted as a marriage ceremony.

    I would be very interested in the perspective of someone who has been through this process.

    1. OTEE profile image65
      OTEEposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks John for that answer. Even in India today, if the ceremony was conducted under compulsion, it would be considered legally invalid. Though in most places just the ceremony by itself is considered to sanctify the marriage.

 
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