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A research presentation on Caste, class, language & region in matrimonial advertisements in Sri Lanka.University of PeradeniyaLecturer-Dr.Arjuna Parakrama Uploaded by Chanaka Palliyaguru


Objectives Methodology Introduction Origin Caste Occupations Target Group Conclusion

Identify the changing patterns of mate selection. Analyze the factors influencing marriage. Relevance of caste and class in marriage. Recognize the social and economic changes visible in marriage advertisements.

Matrimonial advertisements in newspapers major source of arranged marriages. It replaced the role of Matchmaker (magul kapuwa). Portrays the changing patterns of marriage in Sri Lanka.

Study consisted of Archival research Analyzed advertisements over a period of 20 years from 1989 - 2009 Amount of advertisements 500 Questionnaires Analyzed data collected from 6 Interviewees. Newspapers

x Silumina April - 1989 & 2009 x Sunday Observer April - 1989 & 2009

1st Marriage advertisement appeared on 1910 October - Dinamina. Sinhala Balaya published marriage ads on large scale in 1945.

Advertisers by Caste 1989Govi Others Salagama Karawa Deva Vishwa Durawa Rajaka

Advertisers by Caste 2009Govi Others Karawa Deva Salagama Durawa Vishwa Rajaka

Interview 1 There are 2 castes which are the

lowest, other than that any caste is alright

Interview 2 I definitely Consider the Caste

Interview 3 I married someone from the same caste, so

it wasnt a problem

Interview 4 I considered the caste because its a part of

our society. Well be rejected if we go against it.

Divorces Caste Immaterial Region Background Education Horoscope Appearance Dowry Profession Caste Religion0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90

Divorces Region Background Caste I aterial oroscope Dowry Education Appearance Profession Caste Religion0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180

Region Divorces Education Background Caste I aterial Dowry Appearance Profession Caste Religion0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35


Divorces Region Caste I aterial

Background Dowry Horoscope Education Appearance Profession Caste Religion0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90

Despite the vast development of the society people still stick to the traditional characteristics associated with marriage. The number of advertisements have increased. Advertisements above 40 constraints are very low. Bridegrooms : Brides = 2 : 1

National Library Services Board. Sri Lanka Archives ANCL- Lake House Library Marriage in Sri Lanka Bruce Caldwell Under the Bo Tree Nur Yalman