Husband Wife Relationship

Sakha marriages, despite the strong emphasis on their utilitarian and functional value, are based first and foremost on love between a man and woman. Even in the time of betrothal both the bride and groom were given the option to decline the prearranged match if they so desired. If a husband and wife love each other, they treat each other well. In the past and today, Sakha husbands and wives eat, sleep, and consult about important issues together, although the male has the final word. Similarly, in the past and today, both parties can decide that they want to divorce. In the past when Sakha men had many wives, this was less common. A wife who was unhappy had no place to go and so usually remained with her husband so that she and her children would be supported. Today children tend to stay with their mother and fathers are expected to pay alimony.

Some Sakha have extramarital affairs and can decide between themselves whether to separate or forgive. In contemporary times many (mostly males) argue for procreation with multiple women because the Sakha population has been decreasing the last decade and their efforts would help offset this decline. Historically, children out of wedlock were referred to as oruk oghoto, referring to the thick branches of the evergreen trees under which the child was conceived. There are also many Sakha women today who desire children but not a husband, owing to the high levels of alcoholism and unemployment among the male sector of the population. This is attractive because single mothers can receive subsidies sufficient to support their children.

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