The theory of variation, also known as the theory of evolution, is a scientific explanation for how species have evolved and diversified over time.
Arranged marriages in India are so common that there is a term for an unarranged marriage- a “love marriage” .
Transculturation is a process of cultural transition characterized by the emergence of a new cultural phenomenon.
The "Great Chain of Being" is the term used in medieval culture to describe the hierarchical order of the natural world.
The concept of 'social structure' was first introduced by Herbert Spencer, in the latter half of the 19th century. He applied the “organic analogy” to the study of society.
The term marriage exchanges can be used to denote the payment of cash, gifts, or other valuables, in exchange for a bride or groom, or the exchange of women during a marital union.
Hypogamy is a rule of marriage that is the exact opposite of hypergamy. American sociologist Robert K. Merton describes hypogamy as a case of “women marrying down”.
Bridewealth is the transfer of goods, cash, and other valuables that takes place during a marital union.
Ghost marriage is a rare type of posthumous marriage between a living and a deceased person or a ghost. In some societies, marriage can even occur between two deceased persons.