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Making of a Maasai Wedding: Why It’s Not Always the Bride's Big Day


Making of a Maasai Wedding: Why It’s Not Always the Bride's Big Day

A wedding is a cause for celebration for everyone... except the bride, it seems, for the Maasai community. In Kenya's Kajiado County, getting ready to be married can be a tearful experience. Maria Galang tells us more.


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We had renewed our wedding vows befor in Africa, at Victoria falls, on Livingstone island. But Kenya is like a second home to us and it was only right that this time it should be there. The ceromony took place beneath an ancient fig tree by the Mara river in the Masai mara game reserve.

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10 Bizarre Marriage Rituals You Won't Believe Actually Exist

A wedding is a time for celebration and excitement. You will not feel so excited if you were in one of these places!
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10- The Blackening of the Bride
Blackening of the bride is a Scottish custom which is performed weeks or days prior to the wedding ceremony. The bride and the groom are captured by their family and friends and are covered by food and other adhesive materials. The children and adults alike spray the couple with water guns, buckets of sticky materials and food items while they are being paraded in the streets or on a truck. It is an open ritual and no rules apply to the blackening of the bride.
9- Spitting on the Bride - Massai Nation, Kenya
It is one of the bizarre rituals performed by the Massai nation of Kenya. In this ritual, the bride is first shaved and then her head is covered in lamb fat. The father of the bride spits on the head and the breasts. In Massai nation, spitting is thought to bring good fortune.
8- The Kissing Tradition - Sweden
This is a bizarre yet an enjoyable tradition in Swiss weddings. During the wedding ceremony, the groom disappears for some reason, and all the unmarried young men are allowed to kiss the bride. At the same time, the female guests also leave the room and they kiss the groom. If you plan to get married in Sweden, then buckle up for this crazy ritual.
7- Beating the Groom's Feet - South Korea
This ritual is unique to South Korea. After the wedding ceremony, the groom's friends steal him from the bride. The groom's feet are bound with a stick. It is believed to make the groom stronger before the first wedding night. Though this ritual seems cruel and painful, it is a way of fun and enjoyment. Often times, the friends of the groom ask him questions and quiz him while they are beating his feet.
6- Money Dance - Guests Pay to Dance with the Bride
This is a recently adopted ritual. It is practiced all over the world, but it originated in Poland. Those guests who wish to have a dance with the bride have to pay for it. The bride has her first dance with her father while a guest holds an apron in his hand. To dance with the bride, you have to put money in the apron. Female guests also have to pay to dance with the groom.
5- Love conquers all, even bathroom breaks
That is what the people of a Tribe in Borneo believe. In this ritual, the married couples are not allowed to leave their homes not even for bathroom breaks for an entire day! It is believed that this ritual will bring the couple good luck in the years to come.
4- Bridesmaid Blockade
On the day the groom comes to collect the bride, the bridesmaids make an aggressive blockade before the bride. They do not let the groom cross. To reach the bride, the groom must prove his love for the bride to the bridesmaids. The bridesmaids demand money and they make the groom do silly tasks for their own enjoyment. The groom must obey or he will get into serious trouble.
3- Crying Ritual of the Tujia People - China
Among the Tujia people in China, 30 days prior to the wedding the bride starts crying one hour everyday. After ten days, she is joined by her mother in the practice and after another ten days, her grandmother. This continues until all the female guests and relatives of the bride cry for one hour everyday. The good news is that this is not an expression of sorrow. The crying represents deep and true love. People shed tears of joy on weddings but for the Tujia, it is mandatory.
2- The Cursed, Tree Marrying Wives of India
Indians take their horoscope seriously. If a female is born manglik or Mars-bearing, she is believed to be cursed and will bring an early death to her husband. To break this curse, the bride is first married to a peepal tree or a banana tree! After the wedding ceremony, the tree is destroyed which breaks the curse. Alternately, the bride has to marry the Hindu God Vishnu to break the curse.
1-A Wedding Gone Down the Toilet
It is an old French tradition which is still practiced widely in the rural areas. The bride and the groom are forced to drink the leftover alcohol from the ceremony. The worst part is that they are made to do so from a replica toilet bowl! This might be one of the most bizarre wedding rituals around the world. Good news for the French lovebirds, this ritual has lost its charisma and no newlyweds are compelled to practice it any longer.
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Florence Oleitiptip and Sam Moile wedding .Maasai society is firmly patriarchal in nature, with elder Maasai men sometimes joined by retired elders, determining most major matters for the Maasai tribes. The Maasai people are monotheistic, and their God is named Engai or Enkai.;;The wedding procession starts with a blessing from an elder. He/she spits out milk outside the bride’s mother’s house. Before the girl leaves the house, the grass is tied to the traditional shoes she is wearing as a further blessing. For the cattle-loving Maasai, grass symbolizes abundance of milk.;;; As the bride leaves her village the women come to cheer her to embolden her for the task ahead and also pledge wedding gifts. For each present (for example; sheep, chickens), the bride ties a knot in one of the long threads on the wedding necklace as a reminder of how many presents she needs to collect after the wedding.;; The women make ululations as they escort the bride to her husband’s homestead. The bride would weep uncontrollably as the reality of that separation from her family sinks in.Marriages between members of the same clan are discouraged and are seen as a taboo. Intermarriage with other communities was also prohibited, unlike today. This was meant to help maintain the Maasai culture.
The procession then goes to the husband’s village where the main celebration is held. When she arrives at this village the bride is given a baby or young child to cuddle to symbolize that she will have many children;; On arrival at the husband`s homestead, the couple would then face East ready to receive blessings from the Maasai elders. The prayer was performed in a particular way by the elders. It went like this:;; Entaseriana – Be safe forever.;;;Traditionally, the Maasai music comprises of rhythms rendered by a chorus of vocalists singing harmonies, all the while the olaranyani (song leader) sings the melody. The olaranyani is usually the person who can best sing that song. The olaranyani starts singing the namba of a song and the group responds with one unanimous call in acknowledgment. Women recite lullabies, hum songs and sing music that praises their sons.. After the celebrations, the groom and the bride receive further advice from the elders who bless them to live happily and give birth to many children. The bride is then given a name according to the situation she has encountered during her journey to her new home or the season. For example when its rainy season the bride will be called ‘Nalotuesha’ which means that she came during the rainy season.
Maasai Girl Cultural Night (Esiankiki Night) Nosim Fm, Girls are responsible for chores such as cooking and milking, skills which they learn from their mothers at an early age.. To others, female genital mutilation draws a great deal of criticism from both abroad and many women who have undergone it, such as Maasai activist Kilena Mapenai It has recently been replaced in some instances by a cutting with words ceremony involving singing and dancing in place of the mutilation.. A woman marries not just her husband but the entire age group. Men are expected to give up their bed to a visiting age-mate guest; however, today this practice is usually abandoned. The woman decides strictly on her own if she will join the visiting male. Any child which may result is the husband's child and his descendant in the patrilineal order of Maasai society. Kitala, a kind of divorce or refuge, is possible in the house of a wife's father, usually for gross mistreatment of the wife. Repayment of the bride price, custody of children, etc., are mutually agreed upon
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