No one denies that there were no Gandharva marriages in ancient time.Nosuperstition wrote:If that be the case why did the terms Anuloma and Pratiloma come into existence?I know of a case where a Brahmin girl and a relative of mine got married.MassiveZebra said that even inter-racial marriages have more or less come to a naught in the West.When I asked godel's_paradox after havingNeither Pratiloma (high caste women-low caste men) nor Anuloma (high caste men-low caste women) marriages were permitted in Hinduism, though Anuloma liasons were tolerated. The children in such cases always belonged the caste of lower caste women.
Very few marriages among Hindus are outside the caste (may be 2 to 3%) even today, and it brings a high degree of shame and disgrace to a high caste family (and its community) if their daughter marries a lower caste.
(I have never come across a Brahmin woman marrying a lower caste man for love during my stay in India. A Brahmin family would rather have such a woman marrying outside Hinduism to someone like a Syrian Christian.)
posted a site that says that about 4% of marriages in the U.S are inter-racial and how long it will take to get rid of race,Recovering Leftist said that diversity of mankind needs to be preserved.
Way back in ancient days varna concept yet to take strong hold and there was some sort of egalitarianism among aryan tribes. There were marriages among warriors and priestly castes. Pretty soon priestly caste asserted it superirity and later works such as epics, purans etc. will call those marriages pratilom and hence frawned upon. There is lots of extrapolation demeaning such unions. Well known is curse to Devyani where she was told by a brahmin boy ( she tried to seduce him) that " now only kshtriya boy will marry her".
Dont listen to Yohan about Nambudiri Brahmin girls craving for his Chacko-Wacko-Kurian-Syrian,mathai-fathai christo-Brahmins. In Gujarat there are lots of Brahmin girl - other caste boy marriages. How many? I dont keep track.