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African Tribes Culture And Traditions

February 5, 2016 | African Culture

Tribal communities sometimes live without many modern comforts the rest of us have. Some African tribal traditions are a mystery and a fascination for most of the modern world. Kidnapping your bride. In the Sudanese Latuka tribe, when a man wants to marry a woman, he kidnaps her.

African Tribes Culture And Traditions

Elderly members of his family go and ask the girl’s father for her hand in marriage, and if dad agrees, he beats the suitor as a sign of his acceptance of the union. If the father disagrees, however, the man might forcefully marry the woman anyway.

African Tribal Traditions

Bull jumping. In order to prove their manhood in the Ethiopian Hamer tribe, young boys must run, jump and land on the back of a bull before then attempting to run across the backs of several bulls. They do this multiple times, and usually in the Unclad.

Red sun block. The Himba people of Northern Namibia cover their skin with a mixture of butter fat and ochre, a natural earth pigment containing iron oxide, to protect themselves from the sun. For that reason, the Himba people often appear to have a red skin tone.

Sons are raised by their uncles. When male children reach age 5 or 6 in the Northern Angolan Songo tribe, they are sent to live with their uncles on their mother’s side. This is because chiefs inherit their position through matrilineal lines.

Hunter-gatherers. The San People of Botswana, also called Bushmen, are hunter gatherers who were evicted from their ancestral land in the 1950s. They were forbidden to hunt and forced to apply for permits to enter reserves. The San switched to farming but they continued to gather herbs for medication and plants for food. Deprived of the ability to hunt, San numbers dwindled.

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