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Straight Women In This Tanzanian Village Marry Each Other For A Surprising Reason 

We all know very well that the lifestyle of most African tribes is quite bizarre. Their culture, food, and costumes are extremely strange. There is a specific tribe in Tanzania known as Kurya tribe which follows a unique custom. 

According to the custom of Kurya tribe, young women marry old women instead of men. This odd custom is practiced in a remote village of Nyamongo located in the Mara province of northern Tanzania. Don't confuse this strange custom with same-sex marriages in the west. 

Read further to know why straight women are marrying each other in Nyamango village of Tanzania.

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Straight Women In This Tanzanian Village Marry Each Other
For A Surprising Reason 

Straight Women In This Tanzanian Village Marry Each Other For A Surprising Reason 

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Kurya tribe is a cattle-herding community with a population of 700,000 in northern Tanzania. 

Kurya tribe is a cattle-herding community with a population of 700,000 in northern Tanzania. 

These tribal people of Tanzania follow a strange custom of marriage called as 'nyumba ntobhu' (house of women).  According to this custom, straight young women need to get married to old women. 

There are certain conditions under which young women marry their older counterparts. 

There are certain conditions under which young women marry
their older counterparts. 

Old women must be either widow or divorcee. An old woman with children is allowed to be married if all her sons and daughters have got married and left the home. 

Old women need to give dowry to get married to young girls. 

Old women need to give dowry to get married to young girls. 

The purpose of this unique custom is to preserve the livelihood of old women. Such marriages provide security to the single elderly women and their property in the village. 

After marriage, women live, cook, work and raise kids together. 

After marriage, women live, cook, work and raise kids together. 

They can share a bed but they can't indulge in sexual intercourse with each other. 

Young women are permitted to choose men of their choice for copulation. 

Young women are permitted to choose men of their choice for copulation. 

There are several men who are interested in sleeping with women in all-female marriages and young women can choose her mate from them. 

According to the custom of Kurya tribe, young women must get pregnant with a male child.

According to the custom of Kurya tribe, young women must get pregnant with a male child.

Baby boy delivered by young women would be considered as heirs of the old women.

According to the report of Ministry of Health and Social Welfare..

According to the report of Ministry of Health and Social
Welfare..

..45% women belonging in the age group of 15-49 years have been the victims of domestic violence.

According to the survey results in Mara region, the prevalence of domestic violence shot up to 72% which is the highest in Tanzania. Thus, such marriages are proving to be helpful in preventing domestic violence, child marriages, and genital mutilation. 

The strange family structure has been observed in this village for decades. 

The strange family structure has been observed in this village for decades. 

According to the Kurya tribal law, only men have the right to inherit property and women need to practice 'House of Women' custom for gaining the right to their property. So, old women marry young women who can give birth to heirs on their behalf. 

Homosexuality is strictly prohibited in the village and Kurya tribes

Homosexuality is strictly prohibited in the village and
Kurya tribes

Dinna Maningo, a Kurya reporter of Tanzanian newspaper Mwananchi," In the Kurya's polygamous, patriarchal culture, where men use cows as currency to buy multiple wives, rising numbers of younger Kurya women are choosing to marry another woman instead. They realize the arrangement gives them more power and freedom. It combines all the benefits of a stable home with the ability to choose their own male sexual partners. Marriages between women also help to reduce the risk of domestic abuse, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. Sadly, these problems are rife in our society. Younger women are more aware these days, and they refuse to tolerate such treatment."

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