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Title:Bride wealth in Uganda: a reality of contradictions
Author:Atekyereza, Peter R.ISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:Uganda Journal (ISSN 0041-574X)
Volume:47
Period:November
Pages:49-66
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:Ganda (Uganda)
Chiga
Rangi
bridewealth
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Bride price
marriage
Traditional culture
religion
Link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/uj/article/view/23052
Abstract:Bride wealth is an important marital custom in Uganda. Despite differences in its significance among different ethnic groups, Ugandans generally perceive bride wealth as a sign of the groom's respect and gratitude for the bride and her family. This paper examines changes over time in traditional bride wealth practices among three Ugandan ethnic groups, namely the Kiga, Langi and Ganda. Overall, most Ugandans support the practice of giving bride wealth, in spite of changes in economic circumstances. Support for bride wealth is influenced by residential location of the family, gender, age, religion, occupational patterns and ethnicity. However, all these factors are influenced by experiences of giving bride wealth, how bride wealth affected people's intentions to marry and the stability of the marriage thereafter. Analysis of the different attitudes to bride wealth reveals that individual views are based on social, cultural, economic and gender related factors. Misconceptions about bride wealth are a result of the tremendous change arising from the transformation of traditional African subsistence economies to a global monetary economy. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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