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So again, should she find herself alone in the future, at least the family will have some money put by for some inevitably rainy years ahead.3.
Where poorer families are concerned, Sin Sod is a repayment for the money invested in their daughter.
However, what I can say is that the information is the experience of a cross-section of Thai people, all of whom are university educated, have experienced many Thai weddings and are well-versed in Thai culture.
Any man marrying a Thai woman is expected to pay Sin Sod.
The price is usually agreed between the two families, yet where a foreigner is concerned and his parents aren't present, the duty falls on him to ask the family how much they expect.
And like traditions the world over, some people simply participate and follow along without ever understanding the history behind it.
Fortunately, I am lucky enough to have a cross-section of Thai friends from varying backgrounds, and being the nosey parker I am, I have endeavoured to collect as much information as possible regarding this tradition.
The amount paid for Sin Sod could be considered relative to the sacrificial cost of bringing up the child – thus the reason it is often referred to as payment for the “mother's milk”.6.