Thai Weddings. Jamie Kollar & John Stephens October 18, 2011. Wedding Customs. Sin Sod (Dowry). The groom is expected to pay a dowry to the bride’s family.
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SaiMonkhon: A senior elder uses specially prepared white thread to link the bride and groom’s heads (symbolizing that they remain individuals, but their destinies are linked). He pours sacred water over their hands to bless them.
Rod Nam Sang: Each guest blesses the couple by pouring holy water from a conch shell over their hands, and presents them with a gift.
PhitiBai Sri Su Kwan: The newlyweds are blessed by an elder, and white threads soaked in holy water are tied around their wrists. These threads are pulled until they break, and traditionally, whoever has the longest piece is the one whose love is deepest.
Sai Sin: Guests tie white strings around the couple’s wrists, symbolic of good luck.
Factually, the information is pretty solid; information about specific traditions and practices is consistent from site to site. Most sites have decent coverage of cultural and traditional aspects of marriage.
However, the majority of sites are not particularly in-depth, and are obviously geared toward Western readers.
There are also a fair number of somewhat fetishistic, genuinely creepy sites to sift through (although their factual information does tend to be accurate).
And then there are the marriage agencies. Loads of them.