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Women of the Conquest DynastiesGender and Identity in Liao and Jin China$
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Linda Cooke Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834043

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834043.001.0001

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Sexuality and Marriage

Sexuality and Marriage

Four Sexuality and Marriage
Women of the Conquest Dynasties

Linda Cooke Johnson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines patterns of marriage, including both major and minor forms of marriage, and the issue of sexuality in Liao and Jin states. Prior to marriage, young women in the Liao and Jin often enjoyed a period of relative sexual latitude by which they could mingle with men in social settings. Abduction was a common preliminary to marriage, and virginity was not a requirement. After marriage, however, women became the property of their marital establishments. This chapter first considers premarital sexuality in Liao and Jin before discussing the practices of abduction, wife stealing, and betrothal. It also explores the significance of marriage and control of women's sexuality in Liao and Jin society; the role of marriage in fostering diplomatic relations; generation-gap marriage; and secondary marriage practices such as sororate and concubinage. Finally, it assesses the status of women in Liao and Jin society.

Keywords:   marriage, sexuality, women, premarital sexuality, abduction, wife stealing, betrothal, Liao society, Jin society, concubinage

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