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For non christians, how did marriage originate? does anyone know who was the first couple to get married?

thanks for your help.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:50 PM on May. 1, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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    In the Garden of Eden when God commanded that man should leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 4:53 PM on May. 1, 2011 (hidden) + expand

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    Adam and Eve were the first married couple.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 4:54 PM on May. 1, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • I'm pretty sure the Greeks or Romans (i could be totally wrong which civilization it was...i need to google) were upset because women were not only sleeping with each other, but they were sleeping with other men. One example may lie in a man's need for assurance as to paternity of his children....

    Answer by samurai_chica at 4:56 PM on May. 1, 2011

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    Adam and eve!

    Answer by MarGeee at 4:56 PM on May. 1, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • I don't think its really possible to answer that. I'm sure its been lost to time.

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 4:56 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • I think historically speaking, there is no proof of the first marriage. Marriage was different in every culture & existed long before Christianity.

    I personally don't believe in Adam & Eve...Adam & Eve make no sense whatsoever. I believe in Evolution...

    Answer by samurai_chica at 5:00 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • Sumerians had the first laws regulating marriages well over 5000 years ago. and the earliest marriage contract dates back over 2500 years though it was a common practice in both Ancient Chinese culture and Ancient Greece as well.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:33 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • There is no way of knowing...
    Ancient Egyptians married quite often... Greeks, Romans, Norse and old Gaelic tribes..they all had marriage, and some to where the wife was in charge. .... we can go and say that the Japanese, and Chinese also had marriage ceremonies before the dawn of Christianity...
    Though, in christian dominated countries.. it was still perfectly acceptable, up until the 1800's, to sell your wife if she did not please you. The last time this happened was in 1832. A man was displeased with the wife he had married only 3 years before, so, he put a straw halter on her and sold her for 20 shillings and a dog

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 5:35 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • It could be so far back that there is no way to really know. The pairing up, anyway, of male and female for lifelong monogamous relationships. How the marriage customs within each culture or faith started, the celebrations or rites or legalities around them started, that's something that probably came later, but still long enough ago that it's probably hard to really know for sure.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 6:27 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • For the record, she asked who the first married couple were ... not where did the ceremonies and customs originate.

    Answer by -Eilish- at 7:30 PM on May. 1, 2011

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