Cultural Marriages

Topics: Marriage, Arranged marriage, Family Pages: 4 (1395 words) Published: February 3, 2014

Many different cultures practices many different beliefs and rituals when it comes to marriage, some are similar and most are not. Marriage is a very sacred union between two people in some cultures and are arranged or forced in others. Cultures such as the African Niger and Namibians, Hindu Indians, and Japanese all have different marriage practices from the ceremonies to marriage practices. A lot of the traditional practices are changing in these modern days but are still recognized by each culture. Wodaabe, which mean those under ‘the taboo of purity’. They consider themselves as the most beautiful people on this earth (p106, Bovin) The Wodabee of Niger court their cousins for marriage. The male cousins wear powerful amulets which are supposed to heighten their attractiveness to the girl. Wodaabe are often polygamous marriages are either arranged by parents when the couple are infants called koogal, or they can be because of love and attraction called teegal. Most Wodaabe experience two or more Koobgal and Teegal in their lifetime. Some would even prefer to have them both at the same time. The Wodaabes are one of the few societies in the world where both man and women can be married to two people simultaneously. This is known as Sigisbesim. The family of the groom gives a bride price to the bride's family and then they are married. A bride stays with her husband until she becomes pregnant after which she returns to her mother's home, where she will remain for the next three to four years. She will deliver the baby at her mother's home and then she becomes a boofeydo which literally means, "someone who has committed an error." African Holocaust. (Est. 2001). During the time of being a boofeydo, she is not permitted to see or speak with her husband. It is a cultural sin for him to express any interest in her or the newborn child. After two to three years, her mother will release her to visit her husband, but she still will not be...

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