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Title: The socio-cultural functions of Siswati customary marriage.
Authors: Thwala, Jozi Joseph.
School of Development Studies
Keywords: Customary marriage.;Conjugational rights.;Familial bond.;Formal betrothal.;Negotiations.
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: IJAHSS
Abstract: The objectives of this study are to define, collate and interpret the socio-cultural functions of Siswati customary marriage. It is distinct African marriage that maintains cultural values. It underlies various principles, norms, traditions and practices. The major characters during marriage ceremony are umkhwenyane (bridegroom) and makoti (bride), brought together by lutsandvo (love) and lilobolo (bridewealth). It involves the bride and the bridegroom’s entourages in most activities from negotiations, formal betrothal, singing, dances, anointing the bride, departure of attendance of the bride and final aggregation of the woman into her new group. It is a familial bond that is socially, culturally, religiously and legally recognized for granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities. The study is informed by interpretive and functional approaches.
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