Sin Sod or the Thai dowry system has been deeply rooted and one of the controversies in Thai culture. I present this concept in my video with a hope to give a better understanding of what the dowry system really is and also to encourage my Thai female fellows to understand the differences between Thai culture as in collectivistic society as opposed to Western culture where individual goals are prioritized. Additionally, I touch upon the correlation between the Thai dowry and virginity, a dowry in same-sex marriage, and shares what I think of the system.
I gathered information from a survey that received 127 responses and interviewed 13 people to understand the reasons behind why some people agreed on the dowry system and why others disagreed. The results show that those who agreed believed that it was one of the ways the groom could prove to his bride’s parents that he was financially secure to take care of the new family whereas those who disagreed believed that it was viewed as selling and buying women as commodities.
You might be surprised to learn more and more Thai females nowadays might not feel the need to have a dowry as part of their marriages and some parents are happy to return the dowry as the gift money to the couple on their wedding day. Find out more in this video!