The groom has to give the bride a dowry to make the contract valid, and that dowry is for her and her alone to use as she wishes.
“Although this began as a diary project it evolved into a dowry project,” Swinton has said.
Let's say a son brings home a wife from a different caste, someone who comes without a dowry.
"We are like property because we are part of the dowry," she says.
The full document is quoted in a new book by Avi Raz, The Bride and the dowry, complete with the typing errors I then made.
On the following day, the presentation of the dowry (sireduththal) takes place.
In cases of separation the dowry had, in most cases, to be returned to the wife's parents.
I will give her as dowry the 500,000 francs which I refused the other day to you.
I swear it beyond the power of retracting, and also that her dowry shall be royal!
His mother then would doubtless find him a suitable wife with a dowry.
early 14c., from Anglo-French dowarie, Old French doaire (late 13c.) "dower, dowry, gift," from Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dotare "to endow, portion," from dos (genitive dotis) "marriage portion," from PIE *do-ti (cf. Sanskrit dadati, Greek didonai, Old Church Slavonic dati, Lithuanian duoti, Armenian tam, all meaning "to give"), from root *do- "to give." Related to Latin donum "a giving, gift;" dare "to give" (see date (n.1)).
Money, property, or material goods that a bride's family gives to the bridegroom or his family at the time of the wedding. In many cultures, the dowry not only helps to cement the relationship between the bride's and groom's families but also serves to reinforce traditional family roles and gender roles.