Indigenous Weddings II: African Tribes

In this second article, included in the series in which we explain the most incredible characteristics of indigenous weddings around the world, we are going to relate some of the most surprising weddings among African tribes. Africa is the richest continent in traditions, culture, ethnic diversity on the face of the Earth. The number of tribes that inhabit it is incalculable and, each one of them, has developed its own culture and traditions that last throughout the centuries. Today we are going

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Ukrainian mosaic: five unique ethnic groups

The Lemko: Lemko ancestors were the ancient tribes of White Croats who lived on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. Today, Lemkos are scattered between Western Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia.

The Boykos: Currently, the community inhabits the High Beskyd, the Gorgany Mountains, and most villages can be found in the Middle Carpathian Depression. In general, Boykos differ from area to area in dialect, dress, folk architecture, and customs.

The Hutsul: Hutsuls are called the Ukrainian mountaineers. Most Hutsuls live in Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions of Ukraine;  They are hospitable, but do not welcome strangers openly into their family.

The Bukovynians: Bukovyna was established as a province by the Austrian Empire. it is currently divided into two parts, the north belongs to Ukraine and the south to Romania.

The Podolians: Podillya is a region located in the west-central and south-western parts of Ukraine. Podolians began settling here in the 4th–3rd century BC. Podillya is derived from Old Slavic “po”, meaning “by/next to/along”, and “dol” – “valley”.

Ukraine is a multi-ethnic, multi-language and multi-culture country. It is home to many nationalities; twenty-two percent of Ukraine’s population is composed of ethnic minorities. Russians are the largest among them, about 17 percent of Ukraine’s population, who historically lived in the southern and eastern part of the country. Other significantly represented nationalities include Romanians, Belorusians, Crimean Tatars, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Poles, Jews, Greeks and Armenians. Source: euromaidampress

Ukrainian mosaic: five unique ethnic groups

The Lemko: Lemko ancestors were the ancient tribes of White Croats who lived on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. Today, Lemkos are scattered between Western Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia.

The Boykos: Currently, the community inhabits the High Beskyd, the Gorgany Mountains, and most villages can be found in the Middle Carpathian Depression. In general, Boykos differ from area to area in dialect, dress, folk architecture, and customs.

The Hutsul: Hutsuls are called the Ukrainian mountaineers. Most Hutsuls live in Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions of Ukraine;  They are hospitable, but do not welcome strangers openly into their family.

The Bukovynians: Bukovyna was established as a province by the Austrian Empire. it is currently divided into two parts, the north belongs to Ukraine and the south to Romania.

The Podolians: Podillya is a region located in the west-central and south-western parts of Ukraine. Podolians began settling here in the 4th–3rd century BC. Podillya is derived from Old Slavic “po”, meaning “by/next to/along”, and “dol” – “valley”.

Ukraine is a multi-ethnic, multi-language and multi-culture country. It is home to many nationalities; twenty-two percent of Ukraine’s population is composed of ethnic minorities. Russians are the largest among them, about 17 percent of Ukraine’s population, who historically lived in the southern and eastern part of the country. Other significantly represented nationalities include Romanians, Belorusians, Crimean Tatars, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Poles, Jews, Greeks and Armenians. Source: euromaidampress

Teeth sharpening was done for various reasons among African tribes. For some, the ritual was done to initiate young boys and girls who had reached puberty into adulthood. For these people, it was done during the adulthood rites of passage mainly because at that age they would be able to endure the pain to show that they were indeed ready for adulthood this was mainly among tribes in Congo and the Central African Republic and Gabon.For other tribes, the teeth sharpening ritual was a general part of their custom and any person belonging to such a tribe was expected to have sharpened teeth at an expected age. In parts of Sudan, where indigenous tribes existed, the teeth sharpening ritual was also done for spiritual protection especially when one was seeking spiritual strength or chosen as a spiritual leader.  Other reasons for the teeth sharpening trend is for men to look like animals such as the crocodile as a sign of masculinity. This is a common belief among the Pare people in Tanzania. Several other tribes like the Makonde people performed the teeth sharpening ritual to make their people more beautiful. Among these people, more women had their teeth sharpened and were a symbol of beauty.The teeth sharpening ritual was not done by just anybody as it required great skill and patience to prevent injuring a person while the ritual happened. The sharpening was done by chosen men or women who were believed to be born with the skill gifted to them by the gods and they were able to train chosen people to help them.

Teeth sharpening was done for various reasons among African tribes. For some, the ritual was done to initiate young boys and girls who had reached puberty into adulthood. For these people, it was done during the adulthood rites of passage mainly because at that age they would be able to endure the pain to show that they were indeed ready for adulthood this was mainly among tribes in Congo and the Central African Republic and Gabon.For other tribes, the teeth sharpening ritual was a general part of their custom and any person belonging to such a tribe was expected to have sharpened teeth at an expected age. In parts of Sudan, where indigenous tribes existed, the teeth sharpening ritual was also done for spiritual protection especially when one was seeking spiritual strength or chosen as a spiritual leader.  Other reasons for the teeth sharpening trend is for men to look like animals such as the crocodile as a sign of masculinity. This is a common belief among the Pare people in Tanzania. Several other tribes like the Makonde people performed the teeth sharpening ritual to make their people more beautiful. Among these people, more women had their teeth sharpened and were a symbol of beauty.The teeth sharpening ritual was not done by just anybody as it required great skill and patience to prevent injuring a person while the ritual happened. The sharpening was done by chosen men or women who were believed to be born with the skill gifted to them by the gods and they were able to train chosen people to help them.

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