Child marriages were common in history. Historically, child marriage was common around the world, the average life expectancy did not exceed 50 years old, so child marriage was considered an effective practice to sustain population. In ancient and medieval societies it was common for girls to be betrothed at, or even before, puberty. A girl aged twelve and a half was already considered an adult in all respects. Early marriages and teenage motherhood was typical.
However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo. See the list at the bottom of this post for links to the previous installments.