In many African tribes, marriage is a rite of passage. It is a show of maturity and is a merging of two families, a union that will hopefully benefit all members. It is a delight that all African parents wish to relish in.
There are many unique customs that take place before the actual recitation of nuptials. These practices determine if the couple will be a right fit for each other.
Members of certain tribes go through what some may deem as extreme measures.
The following tribes have some interesting rituals embedded in their unique culture that should be examined.
The Fulani people inhabit West Africa and the Sahel region. They have a tradition called sharo.
Sharo occurs when two men wish to marry the same woman. In order to determine who will marry the lady, the men engage in a battle in which they have to suppress their pain.
The one who shows no signs of “weakness” wins the lady’s hand in marriage.
Suri & Surma Tribes
The Suri and Surma people hail from southwestern Ethiopia and South Sudan. Suri and Surma men are required to adorn their whole bodies with clay and walk around nude while carrying an 8-foot pole.
Donga, as it is referred to, commences when the single men pick an opponent to fight. While the men duel, the unmarried women watch and choose their husbands based on who wins.
The Swahili people span across Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Zanzibar and Comoros.
In the Swahili culture, wedding celebrations entail a separation of men and women. While the women tend to a henna party, the men are busily engaged in a dance battle called kirumbizi. Kirumbizi is performed using a flute and drums.