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Marriage: Process, Meaning, and Purpose

Marriage in traditional African culture is a union between a man and a woman who belong to different blood lineages. Each marriage in African culture is sanctioned after establishing that the man and the woman do not belong to the same lineage and that there are no feuds between their lineages to prevent them from marrying. These decisions are made based on ascertainable facts and the wisdom inherent in long-standing tradition; members ignore them at their peril.

As an example of marriage in African culture, this entry discusses African marriage in the culture of the Shona people, living in eastern and southeastern Zimbabwe and southern Mozambique. The process, meaning, and purpose of marriage in Shona culture and tradition are derived from a worldview and ...

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