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Kevin Taylor – 664548855 – Lawrence Chang 1. The nature of aristocratic marriage and family during the mid-Heian period are drastically different from the idea of marriage and family in our culture today. The Gossamer Years by Michitsuna no Haha, Edward Seidensticker presents the model of marriage in a way that is barely recognizable when compared with the judeo-christian way in which marriage is practiced in our society. Firstly, the policy of monogamy that was supposedly enforced during the Heian period was very loose, and allowed for a husband to visit concubines and mistresses. The lines between concubine and wife, however were not clear, and polygamy was, in fact, both popular and socially accepted. This is not the only difference between our own notion of marriage, and the Heian arrangement. The way in which a marriage would typically begin is also seems rather peculiar. Instead of dating, which is the standard practice today, Heian courting would consist of a potential suitor writing numerous poems and messages to his prospective lover. Also, once a
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 120 taught by Professor Toby during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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