“One night I spent 200,000 shillings on her and her friends and she gratefully told me that now she knows how much ‘I love her’. I’m going to leave her in the house to take care of the children and enjoy my other women. “I came home in the evening, and it was raining”, she recalled, still visibly shocked by what she found.“This man had thrown all my property out of the house. My laptop, my television, my clothing, everything was out there in the rain, and in the open for anyone to pick”.also known as bride token, is money, property, or other form of wealth paid by a groom or his family to the parents of the woman he has just married or is just about to marry.Bride price can be compared to dowry, which is paid to the groom, or used by the bride to help establish the new household and dower, which is property settled on the bride herself by the groom at the time of marriage.Except in Madagascar, there are some unique meanings behind the engagement and marriage traditions. The first and most important tradition is called the “vodiondry” (literally meaning ‘lamb’s rump).Without this ceremony, the couple would not be considered married and if they were to appear in public it would bring disgrace to their friends, family and community.Instead, it is a purely symbolic gesture acknowledging (but never paying off) the husband's permanent debt to the wife's parents.Dowry exists in societies where capital is more important than manual work.
Now what kind of man would allow himself to be taken advantage of in this manner? Peter Barigye (not real name) works at a prestigious accountancy firm. “This girlfriend of mine thinks I’m stupid, but I’m biding my time”, he assured me. After about six months, it eventually dawned on him that in her eyes, he was ‘just a friend’.For instance, in Middle Age Europe, a wife had to bring a dowry - land, cattle and money.Bridewealth exists in societies where manual work is more important than capital.The Malagasy people have some very unique traditions and customs one being getting married.Its tradition for children to live at home until they get married (or want to move out) because the families always have very strong bonds…The use of the mantilla (a form of headdress) as an everyday accessory goes back to the XVII century, but the custom has been lost and the mantilla is now sometimes worn by older generations as part of a costume or in religious ceremonies.