Exploring Traditional Marriage Customs in China traces the history and development of the various ancient marriage customs in China. Many of these customs have evolved into modern variations practiced in parts of China today. Drawing from archaeology, historical records, classical literature, and folklore, this book explores the development of the concept of marriage in primitive to civilized societies, the beliefs underlying the customs and taboos revolving around matchmaking, engagement, and weddings, and the social status of women in ancient China. Written in conversational prose, this beautifully illustrated volume presents an enticing introduction to one of the oldest establishments in Chinese history, and is an indispensable read for all interested in the social study of China. Exploring Traditional Marriage Customs in China is one in a series of three titles. The other books in the series are Exploring Feng Shui and Exploring Traditional Chinese Festivals.