Endogamy is the idea that a person ought to marry another person from the same group as them. The type of group is not always the same; it could be based on a religion, a class or a social group. Often group endogamy is enforced by arranged marriages, this is a system based on benefits for the group rather than marriage for love.

Group adherence

By marrying a person with the same group characteristics, it means that the partners will have similar views or beliefs about something. Many people marry endogamously for reasons of compatibility, which can be due to choice. But there are also other reasons when there is less choice involved or there is disapproval if it is not followed.

By doing this it keeps the numbers of a group to a minimum and thus creates stronger group bonds. For example, when moving to another country, a Sikh family may actively look for other Sikh families to mix with in order to facilitate Sikh marriages. By merging, they create a stronger bond between their own communities and can be a way to deal with being a minority.

Other Languages
العربية: زواج الأقارب
azərbaycanca: Endoqamiya
беларуская: Эндагамія
Bikol Central: Endogamiya
català: Endogàmia
čeština: Endogamie
dansk: Endogami
Deutsch: Endogamie
eesti: Endogaamia
English: Endogamy
español: Endogamia
Esperanto: Endogamio
euskara: Endogamia
français: Endogamie
hrvatski: Endogamija
Bahasa Indonesia: Endogami
italiano: Endogamia
עברית: אנדוגמיה
magyar: Endogámia
Nederlands: Endogamie
日本語: 族内婚
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਅੰਤਰ ਵਿਆਹ
polski: Endogamia
português: Endogamia
română: Endogamie
русский: Эндогамия
српски / srpski: Ендогамија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Endogamija
suomi: Endogamia
svenska: Endogami
தமிழ்: அகமணம்
українська: Ендогамія
中文: 內婚制