02-01-2007, 09:37 PM #1
Here, women propose marriage and men can't refuse
â€¢ Woman presents special plate of fish to man; he takes a bite and is engaged
â€¢ Matriarchal society exists in archipelago of 50 islands off Guinea-Bissau
â€¢ Missionaries bring new concept of men proposing, causing strife in families
â€¢ Women build the homes: Once completed, couple moves in, officially wed
02-02-2007, 07:24 AM #2
Re: Here, women propose marriage and men can't refuseLike all men on this African isle, Carvadju Jose Nananghe knew exactly what it meant. Refusing was not an option. His heart pounding, he lifted the steaming fish to his lips, agreeing in one bite to marry the girl.
"I had no feelings for her," said Nananghe, now 65. "Then when I ate this meal, it was like lightning. I wanted only her."...
I vaguely remember the divorce ritual, it had something to do with cat entrails and shark teeth.
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