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Just as a matter of clarification, Native Americans (at least in some tribes, I don't know about all of them) also had a version of divorce. If she wished to walk away for any reason or no reason, she was free to do so and take up another husband.Any tribal society. Do you think Africans or Aborigines or American Indians had a free-for-all system regarding sex and procreation?
So I guess it depends how literal with "marriage" you wish to compare. I've wondered where the "institution of marriage" came from, as an historian, but haven't looked very deep into it yet. But at least among Native Americans, while there may be a "ceremony" of a kind to let the rest of the tribe know he and she have chosen to live life together, the ties that bind were comparatively loose and easily thrown off.
I can't speak to other tribal societies, but I would not be the least surprised if the situation were similar. Without researching, I'm inclined to think what we today call marriage is an artifact of Religious domination over Politics, and the money to be made on the legal pronouncement. My opinion and wide open to correction.