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Title:Two Iraqw Marriage Rituals
Author:Wada. Shohei
Periodical:Senri Ethnological Studies
Geographic term:Tanzania
marriage rites
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Abstract:In the Iraqw marriage (duxo) there are two types of ritual: harawatliingw (lit. 'carrying off') and liffit (lit. 'mutual consent'). The former is carried out without the formal consent of the bride's parents, while the word liffit itself means 'marriage proposal' and the term is often used when a couple are married officially in accordance with the will of both sets of parents. Why have these two types of procedure developed? The present essay discusses this problem by clarifying the liffit ritual, and comparing it to the harawatliingw. When the practices of the two types of ritual are compared, they are found to overlap and have common social features. It is clear that one form was derived from the other and that this process was closely related to the territorial expansion of the tribe. The two Iraqw marriage rituals are a product of acculturation resulting from contact with the Datoga. The use of the harawatliingw ritual indicates a respect for earlier Iraqw traditions. Bibliogr., fig., photogr.