According to the Chinese government: “The Tibetan family is male-centered and marriage is a strictly inner-class affair. In some areas, cousins on the male line are forbidden to marry while cousins on the female line who are several times removed are allowed to marry each other.In other areas, cousins on the male line who are several times removed may marry each other, with no restrictions on intermarriages between relatives on the female line.[Source: *|*] “Monogamy is the principal form of marriage.

It was generally considered taboo for a woman to reject the man selected for her. The advise of fortunetellers was sought and parents negotiated through middlemen. Until the end of the 19th century, a suitor sometimes placed an arrow on a girl's back to show that she was his.

For Buddhists, marriages are viewed as a non-religious activity.

Buddhist theologians have never defined what a proper marriages between lay Buddhist entails.

Property and family names have traditionally been handed down mother to daughter.

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Marriages have traditionally been arranged with parents of the groom seeking a bride from the same social position.

The husband controls and inherits the property of the family and the wife is subordinate to the husband, even if he is married into a woman's family. Marriages between serfs had to be approved by their manorial lords.

When serfs on different manors got married, one party had to pay a certain amount of ransom to the manorial lord of the other party or the manorial lord of one party had to give a serf to the other lord as compensation.

Without the permission of their manorial lords, the serfs could not get married all their lives.