Thursday, May 9, 2013

Boz Kashi, Marriage, and a Yurt

Are women merely chattel? Are they simply playthings for men--property to be stolen and kept? The answer in Kyrgystan would seem to be yes.

Nothing says fun like playing polo with a freshly killed goat. And nothing says love like kidnapping a girl on the street and making her your lawfully wedded wife.

In the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, the men still marry their women the old-fashioned way: by abducting them off the street and forcing them to be their wife. Bride kidnapping is an ancient custom that's made a major comeback since the fall of Communism and now accounts for nearly half of all marriages in some regions.

The Kyrgyz philosophy would seem to be that when a young lady says, "no", she really means, "yes"...


WoFat said...

Never trust people who play with dead goats.

LL said...

WoFat, I think that's a sound practice. Additionally, one could take it a step further and suggest that marrying a guy who played with dead goats suggests unsound reasoning.

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