Courtship Literature Review

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III. REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE This part of the paper aims to describe the changes in the courtship and marriage practices among the Ilocanos through a synthesis of data presented by various textbooks and researches regarding this topic. Pre-colonial Practices and the coming of Christianity Before modernization, industrialization, and urbanization took the stand on a great number of changes, colonial periods and foreign occupations contributed to a major shift in the Filipinos’ courtship and marriage practices. Basically, the effects are more injected into the traditional marriage practices (Medina, 2001). According to Abot (n.d.), marriage in traditional societies, was an institution developed in order to provide society a steady supply…show more content…
8). The church was closely tied to the State, and the laws governing marriage in the Philippines were Church laws (Abot, n.d., p. 8). As such, many of the norms regulating and governing marriage during the Spanish period were indisputably Christian but the thing is that the imposition of Christianity did not bring about the complete destruction of native culture (Abot, n.d., p. 8-9). Anima (1975) notes that Christianized tribes developed various forms of courtship as a prerequisite to marriage. Although most of the tribes were Christianized, some groups retained many of their animist practices. For instance, love charms or love potions were extensively used for courtship in different regions (Abot, n.d., p. 9). Marriage and courtship practices symbolized a fusion of indigenous and Christian perceptions of love during the Spanish colonial period (Abot, n.d., p.…show more content…
(Anima, 1975, p. 4). Whatever has been agreed upon “in principle” during the tampa is somehow formalized in the danon, which is already attended by the parents of both parties (Anima, 1975, p. 5). Sab-ong or dowry, may be one of the things imposed in the acceptance of a marriage proposal. This may come in such form as a parcel of land, house, work animals, Ilocano hand woven blanket and more. But too stiff or unreasonable imposition of dowry is often the common cause of why a marriage negotiation fails. Resata or withdrawal of intention is how it is termed (Anima, 1975, p.

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