Explained: What is sologamy or ‘self-marriage’?

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A woman from Gujarat has announced that she would marry herself in what she described as an “act of self-love”. This wedding is seen as one of the country’s first instances of self-marriage or “sologamy”.

What is Sologamy?

Sologamy is the act of marrying oneself in a public ceremony, also referred to as self-marriage or autogamy. 

While such a marriage has no legal sanction or status, the symbolic ceremony is used by many as an act to emphasize their self-love and independence.

When did the trend of Sologamy begin?

It can be traced back to a dental hygienist from the US who married herself in 1993. It is widely considered the first publicized act of self-marriage.

A sologamy divorce was also reported in 2021 when a Brazilian model announced she was ending her solo marriage after falling in love with someone else.

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: What is sologamy or ‘self-marriage’?published in Indian Express on 2nd June 2022.

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