Paying the Bride Price

For centuries, the tribes of Southern Africa have practiced lobola — paying a bride price to ensure a union between two tribes, similar to the dowry’s of Western Civilization. With one exception — lobola is paid in cows, and is paid to the bride’s family.

Historically, this enabled the two tribes to be allied in marriage, ensuring support and protection. In modern society, it brings the two families together, shows that the groom is capable of supporting his bride, and that the bride is valued by both families.

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