Wedding rituals, which include the traditional objects displayed here, emphasise the resilience of family-focused and male-centred values in contemporary Jinmen. Nevertheless, the older generation who arrange these old customs, and shop owners selling traditional objects told me they suspected that these traditions are dying. Many young couples simply submit to their parents’ will to carry out traditional rituals, without really considering their symbolic meanings. Some couples want old rituals because they are essential elements of their imagined ‘perfect’ wedding. Is it possible that these marital customs only persist because of their superficial cultural image rather than the values they represent?
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