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IN People ON 18 Sep, 2016
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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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.
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.
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.
They can share a bed but they can't indulge in sexual intercourse with each other.
There are several men who are interested in sleeping with women in all-female marriages and young women can choose her mate from them.
Baby boy delivered by young women would be considered as heirs of the old women.
..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.
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.
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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