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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Luhya Marriage Practices
Amongst the luhyia community, we have several sub tribes they include the Tiriki, Bukusu,Wanga, Idakho, Maragoli e.t.c
all these sub-tribes have similarities and differences in the way they
conduct their marriage ceremony. That is for the tiriki and wanga the
boy would catch the girl while she is either going to fetch water or
firewood and the other sub-tribe some would lock up the girl in their
rooms (isimba) and then wait for the following day to go and report to
the girl’s parents that they have their sheep (girl) at their house.
After the girl
has agreed or the parents have agreed to marry, they would all arrange
for the traditional marriage including the dowry. On the day of the
marriage ceremony to take place there will be a meeting from both
families to organize how they will take the girl if they had reached to
an agreement of the dowry, however, if they had not reached to an
agreement there will be no marriage that would occur until they have
agreed for them to do so.
On the other hand on the day of the
ceremony the groom would come to the home accompanied by his parents,
his friend and even his uncles, it involved his uncles because if
anything happens to the groom’s father and a problem arise to the
marriage the uncles will act as the parents while the meeting is going
on. The girl’s family that is the parents, friends and aunties they
choose aunties because of the same reason as the boy’s uncle. The girl
will be hidden while other relatives will be preparing some traditional
foods for example ugali, chicken and busaa (a traditional brew).
After the meeting is over and both
families have agreed the day the dowry will be brought they may decide
to allow the boy to go with the girl or disagree. They will all
celebrate for the wedding and before 6 pm. The in- laws were supposed to
have left. The dowry (discussed number of cows, sheep or goat) would be
brought on the agreed date.
Story Prepared by: Silvia Khatetsia, Hadija Ashuma, Yvonne Jeiza,Salome Macreen and Rose Ondeche Ruaraka High School