Acehnese - Marriage and Family



The Acehnese follow Islamic law in marriage prohibition, and they forbid marriage with kin in one's own line of descent or with anyone within three degrees of relatedness. Polygyny still exists among the wealthy. Marriage, which requires the consent of the parents of both bride and groom, takes place after the groom delivers the bride-price to the bride's representatives in the prayer house. Following marriage, the couple lives with the bride's family, and the bride's parents support the bride and her children for a period of time, depending on the size of the bride-price. Inheritance follows Islamic law: for every share given to a female, two are given to a male. Offspring receive inheritance from both parents, with sons receiving agricultural land and daughters dwellings.


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