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Traditional Marriage in Bali : Unequal marriage caused by Kasta

Marriage as a sacred moment in everybody's life maybe seems like a terrible moment in Bali. Kasta as the cultural heritage divided traditional society to be four category :Brahmana, Ksatria, Waisya, and Sudra transformed into awful.

History cited that Kasta used to divides the people based on their job. Brahmana as priest, Ksatria as warrior, Waisya as farmer and sudra as labor. But nowadays, the situation changed. The people who labeled as brahmana or the others could freely work wherever they want to.

Tragic today, when those all people used Kasta as their reason or consideration to choose their life-partner! believe it or not, in Bali before you decided to get married (especially for woman) kasta was the primary question asking by your partner's family. If you're not in their same kasta especially Brahmana as triwangsa kasta ( three top point kasta) you can't married anyone from that kasta. If you force to marry that means you finally out from your family tree (For woman), because in Bali, the woman should follow her husband then entered into her new family - her husband's family.

Love is no more the alibi to build your own happy family. Women no more has their rights to choose their partner based on kasta- for triwangsa kasta. Occasionally, matchmaking arise. I dont even know when it will end.

Sometimes i saw my own culture was nonsense. They build something in one side but the other side it crush also. Movement for this right abuse nothing. How could i fix it?


Deqa's picture

Solution will come to you

My dear, you certainly have a passion and through your writing I know how much you want to change and transform your society. A journey of miles starts with a single step and by voicing out and talking about it you sure have started that journey.
I love Indonesians and I believe that they are friendly, awesome, and beautiful people. Some of my best friends are Indonesians and I would like you join my friend list.
The cultural barriers in marriage exist even in my society. We have clan system and its quite difficult for a woman to choose her partner based on personal preference and love. The society dictates who she should marry and who she shouldn't. Although its becoming a bit relaxed and the disowning of girls seized to exist nowadays but the pressure is there and the community will keep reminding that girl that she married outside her range. I have few friends who challenged this system and married their love but of course it doesn't come without an expense.

I hope through awareness you will be able to influence your community and surroundings and the girls will start their own movement to stand up and say no to obligations.
Thank you for sharing my dear.

prasastiasih's picture

Deqa, thanks for your

Deqa, thanks for your positive comment. I hope oneday i can be those people who take an action to change my strike culture about marriage. If you come to Indonesia, just contact me. see ya :)

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