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Kalenjin Koito Culture Marriage :: Kenya Traditional Dowry Payment

Kalenjin Koito Culture Marriage :: Kenya Traditional Dowry Payment

Kalenjin Koito Culture Marriage :: Kenya Traditional Dowry Payment

Congratulations Sharon + Carlos
Date | 13.08.16
Ceremony Location | Eldoret

On this day the bridegroom goes to the groom’s home with her family and clan elders. The bridegroom will be taken to the special hut that has been made and decorated by the groom only. The meals were prepared by both sides. The groom’s family will prepare the following delicacy: bull’s meat, sheep, goat, and sour milk. The bride and groom’s family will only prepare ugali made of millet flour mixed with sorghum, cassava, and maize and a special type of beans that is white in color. The groom and his clan elders will slaughter the animals without even a single drop of blood on the ground. The bridegroom will then cook ugali for the whole family without any assistance and then go back to the hut. The groom’s family will prepare the meat.

First, they will need a calabash and then make a bottle from it. After making the bottle they will then decorate using beads (sonoey) this bottle (soret) will be passed from one generation to another.

From time to time during weddings, initiation, or funeral ceremonies they will use the bottle (soret). The bottle will be washed using a special wood called (siitett) this process is called siit and the siitett will produce sour taste ash (tei). This ash is used to speed up the milking process of being sour. They will then put the milk in for four days before the wedding day. On the third day, they will remove the sour milk and then siit to kill any micro-organisms that will cause diseases, and then the milk will be good to drink

..but over-time things have changed and mostly not all steps are followed as they used to be due to culture change..to read more click here

DOWRY PAYMENT AMONGTHE KIPSIGIS:
1. Teta ne abai(cow under lactation)
2. Eito (Bull)
3. Teta nebo riyotet/ne kotot(cow near toconceive)
4. Roriat (heifer)
5. Teta ne iyumi nego/iywoget(mature cow)
6 .kwesta/kipkugeret(hegoat for father)
7. kechiriet/chepkugeret (sheep for mother)
8. Chepngabait/ Roriat (money for upkeep)
9. Kechiriet nebo arwet for mother in law so as to allow you call
her Boger or Goat with lamb so to allow you call her Bogine
10 Mwaita (for the father lump, some money ranges btwn
10k to 500k)

 

 

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