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money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride

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The fact that cash has replaced shell money, and presumably pigs, does not make the bridewealth a commodity transaction.
Her conclusions are that the village-based, less socially complex society of early Israel emphasized bridewealth ("property tendered by the husband's grouping to the kin of his wife"), without dowry ("gifts involving property which is brought to a union by the bride's family") as central to its kinship and inheritance system (see glossary, p.
Similarly, the Native Court is starting to regulate bridewealth (nopung) in terms of cash payments, although traditional items are still given in some cases, especially if water buffaloes are available.
The sources, which include general monographs as well as books and articles pertaining to particular historical periods and subjects, are organized under key headings and sub-headings ranging from general history to specific topics: for example, "Precolonial and Early Colonial History," "Colonialism in the 20th century," "Resistance and Nationalism," "Feminism," "Marriage, Bridewealth, Divorce, and Polygyny," "Pastoralism," "Poetry," "Slavery," "Education,"
The concept of Roora/Lobola is translated into English as bridewealth or brideprice.
The Ordinance afforded young men the opportunity to save money for bridewealth payments over time as richer, older men would not be able to "snap up" all available women.
Small everyday expenses are paid for in modern money, he explains, and the shell money--two kinds each with some 20 hierarchical classes--are used mostly in large ceremonial payments for such matters as pig feasts, the construction of canoes or houses, bridewealth, and mortuary exchanges.
Firstly, her more desperate status lowers her bargaining position in bridewealth negotiations.
But bridewealth marriage, patrilineal clan rights to land, and other local family-centered issues are not parts of this analysis.
AMEC preachers were also encouraged to use vernacular forms and oral techniques, as well as 'indigenous' images such as cooking porridge or bridewealth (302-3), as evident in the African 'parables' told by someone like James Chikuse: "The caterpillar leaves his coat on a tree.
His early writings bring out the special role played by song in Dinka social relations in relation to courtship, bridewealth, cattle, disputes, war, religious ceremonies, and celebrations: (12)
Cattle constitute bridewealth that ensures continuity through procreation; cattle are prepared for special sacrifices to God, the spirits, and ancestors.
Also called bridewealth, this custom is the opposite of a dowry: A man's family gives goods or property to his prospective wife's family as compensation for her obligation to bear children and the loss of her labor.
Some traditional marriage practices are still performed, such as getting married at an early age, polygyny, and the custom of bridewealth (nqi tshoob).