This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page . Marriage Law in Ancient Mesopotamia very much resembled property law. As discerned from Hammurabi's Code, wives were bought and sold in a manner very much resembling slavery.
This brief article connects the idea of a wife to slavery. "Husband" translated (it is not clear whether it is from Sumerian or Akkadian) means "owner of wife." Extreme punishment was placed on adulturous women, or women thought to engage in extramarital relations, guilty with no possibility to be proven otherwise. Though it is intersting to note that divorce was an open option as well.
The Ritual of Water-Consecration in Sumerian Texts
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Water proved to be a highly ritualistic property among Sumerian peoples. "Sacred" or "holy" water was used for medicinal purposes, purification, and to expell dark spirits from a person. Evidence for such practices have been found written in cuneiform as incantations. The place for consecrated water came from "between mouths of two rivers."
The Aztec civilization which flourished in Mesoamerica between 1345 and 1521 CE has gained an infamous reputation for bloodthirsty human sacrifice with lurid tales of the beating heart being ripped(...)...
Confucius quotes, The Master said 'Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application? Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters? Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?' Confucius. The Analects. ca. 500 B.C.E
eaMillions of Chinese women bound their feet, a status symbol that allowed them to marry into money. Footbinding was banned in 1912, but some women continued to do it in secret. Some of the last survivors are still living in a village in Southern China.
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Read about the practice of foot binding, banned in the year 1912 in China. It was practiced in secret after its banning and has survivors to provide insight into the custom.
Modern marriage practices share interesting commonalities with Roman ones from around 100 BC. Ideas of sealing the deal with a kiss or carrying the wife over the threshold are two widely practiced customs today. Divorces are said to have been just as common as marriages, especially among the elites.
By the sixth century BC the ancient Greeks had well distinguished burial practices. What is intersting from this article is that archaelogical digs have found that people were not buried with much. Instead, their wealth would be displayed at the top of the grave in the way of marbled statues at stelai.
From the third dynasty of Ur sixteen royal graves were uncovered in 1927 by Leonard Woolley. Human sacrifices were found buried on top of the different kings' tombs in layers. It is suggested that the order of the human sacrifice may have been based on importance, usually with a queen buried at the top. The human sacrifices were found buried with jewelry and weapons. This article also suggests that these sacrifices did not face a violent death but were poisoned instead in order to accompany their king (who they believed to be a god) into the afterlife.
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