April 2, 2014
World Views Wednesday
Joseph: Danilo, what is particular aspect in Peruian social life that disturbs you?
Danilo: Actually, I can think of many of those but the most peculiar one could be the early marriage in Peru.
J: Why do people marry early in Peru?
D: There are many traditional and religious beliefs in Peru, which lead to those marriages but nowadays those religious beliefs transformed into social cliche.
J: What do you mean by social cliche?
D: Well, it became common sense that people should marry after high school graduation. Even not religious people follow this tradition, that is why I call it social cliche.
J: So the tradition of small groups of people shaped this little aspect of Peruian culture?
D: Yes, absolutely.
J: What encouraged the people to engage early, was it only for religious purposes or something else?
D: Oh, have you ever heard about shamans in Peru?
J: I guess so, Peru has 2nd largest number of Shamans in the world after India.
D: That is right, and some people often hire them to make a marriage, in spite of the partners' willingness.