The influence a bride's parents, above all her father, had on these decisions was generally decisive.The fictional Ankhsheshonq gives prospective fathers of brides this piece of advice: "Choose a prudent husband for your daughter; do not choose for her a rich husband." Year 23, Month 1 of the Planting Season, day 5.Their choice of profession was limited mostly to that of mistress of the house, though some became priestesses, others entertainers and a small handful even came to rule the country, be it as regent or as pharaoh.
Twenty-six out of a total of 121 recorded marriages were between close kin (20 brother-sister, 4 half sibling, 2 first cousin marriages), in the Fayum, heavily populated by Greeks, a quarter of the marriages would be considered incestuous today in the West.
The families of either partner were involved both socially and economically in case of a merger, but it seems they could not prevent a marriage not to their liking if the couple insisted on going ahead , though frequently the groom was significantly older than the bride as he had to be economically established.
Yet, ancient Egyptians fell in love, and there were times when they made their feelings known in – at times merely literary – outpourings of love songs, some celebrating mutual attraction, others hoping to make the object of their yearning respond.
There were also the sinister cases of lovelorn swains, whose unrequited feelings made them have recourse to magic, trying to enslave their beloved: ...
Today, the economic role of women in agricultural African societies is at least as important as the men's.