Depending on what part of the continent you're on, no two African wedding rituals are exactly identical... African marriage rituals can have some similarities from region to region.Cultures in Eastern African as well as the southern parts of the continent that share similar languages will sometimes have some marriage rituals in common.Make a Profile for Free and Explore the Profiles of Attractive and Interesting People, Browse Images, Send Flirts and Much, Much More!
a woman gets to choose the man she wants to be her husband.
The men however have to prove their worth by engaging in a competition with each other known as a Donga stick fight.
This is a somewhat violent stick fight where the only rule is not to kill your opponent...
doing so will result in banishment of his entire family from the village. check out what the Wodaabe nomads do all in the name of marriage.
Understandably in western culture that would be a big no-no I suppose, but actually, among the Swazi, it is believed that it is part of the reigning king's duties to take on and support as many wives as possible.
Naturally, these wives will likely have children and it is also the king's duty to raise as many of them as his wives can produce for him.
Following is a quick run-down of some wedding rituals that are practiced across the continent.
Over a seven day period in late August to early September, during the Umhlanga ceremony also known as the Reed Dance, young unmarried girls between the ages of 10 and 18 years come out and parade themselves before the king.
There is symbolism behind this act as well - it is the affirmation and strengthening of womanhood throughout the Swazi kingdom.