The bond between marriage and religion is common to every culture and does not fail to produce legal effects, first and foremost within the very religious laws that usually give it central relevance. If such an observation is well-established for the religious denominations prevalent or best known in the West, less attention has been paid to other religious experiences that nonetheless have a significant following in the world, such as Indian religions. Therefore, this essay aims to explore the scope, features, and regulation of marriage within the most widespread ‘dharmic religions’ by examining the approaches emerging from Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. In addition to the analysis of the role of the family dimension within each of these religious experiences, as well as an exploration of their various mutations over time, it thus becomes possible to evaluate whether their common roots remain recognizable or if, on the contrary, their mutations have rendered them no longer comparable.
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