have ramifications on their chances of success. One of the best forms of family structures is polygyny which has been eroded through modernity and changes in culture. A unique culture, polygyny, particularly practiced in the Sub-Saharan Africa. According to Grey (2008), “Of the twenty-nine nations in the world classified as having high rates of polygyny, twenty-seven are located in sub-Saharan Africa, where the incidence of co-wives is ten times that found in other polygynous
IGBO CULTURE In the whole world, there are five continents. Africa is the world’s second largest continent, with 80 percent of its area in the tropics. Africa is usually portrayed as a dark continent historically and physically isolated from the rest of the world but it is not. Nigeria is one of the most important country in Africa. It is located in western Africa, bordering the gulf of Guinea between Benin and Cameroon. People
taking an inside look at another. Over the course of this paper, I will explain my American Culture courtship and marriage traditions through the etic eye to show the perspective to an outsider, and I will examine an aspect of the Sub-Saharan African polygyny marriage from an emic perspective to become familiar with this lifestyle. In this section, I will examine the American culture in courtship and marriage from an etic perspective. As Crapo(2013) describes etic as “etic models invariably
natural to all people. People believe the way they are raised and are currently living is the best, most correct way to live. People need to learn to look at the situation from another person’s or cultural perspective. This is true for polygamy in Africa. Most Americans hear about polygamy and think it as a way to repress women. Most people do not think about how it is part of their culture and it was created for a reason other than to just repress women. Africans openly practices polygamy.
hands and additional labour in the form of wives. Whereas, the Fulani community was identified as cattle herders. There is however less polygyny practiced here because of a drought that wiped out live stock (hence less wealth/resources to provide for many wives) and the Fulani did not focus on farming and so didn’t have a need for additional hands. The role polygyny plays in both group is a strategy of unity living and collective co-operation. However, the Bamanan group was seen to be more collaborative
Things Fall Apart The most populous country in Africa with a population of more than 160 million people is Nigeria. Nigeria is home to more than 300 tribes, one of the largest tribes being the Igbo tribe. In the novel Things Fall Apart the igbo culture partly consists of the practice of Polygyny and father-son inheritance. The Igbo tribe are still considered to be harmonious to land through festivals and are famous for their culture around Yams. Polygyny and father-son Inheritance are important aspects
the 12-15 million shipped away from Africa due to the slave trade, two-thirds were men. (http://schoolworkhelper.net/effect-of-the-slave-trade-on-africa/) This led to a skewed gender ratio on the coast, and caused men of the elite political and economic societies to take more wives. This polygyny did nothing but hurt African populations. (Lamie 2007) Polygyny in West Africa led to a decrease in fertility rates, and this drastically hurt the population of West Africa.
having more than one wife or husband at the same time. Polyandry is a form of polygamy where a woman can marry more than one man at the same time, and polygyny is another form of polygamy where a man is allowed to have more than one wife. Polygamy is more known than polyandry. Polygamy is permitted in countries like Australia, Afghanistan, Iran, and Africa, and in other countries like the United States, England, Spain, and Mexico it is not permitted. Many view Polygamy as a sexual desire and satisfaction
Polygyny, the social arrangement that permits a man to have more than one wife at the same time, exists in all parts of the world. Although looked down upon by societies views mainly in developed countries, among the 849 human societies, 75 percent practice polygyny. Seeing this, although common in developed countries, it poses a question for the origin of monogamy. Is monogamy really the prevalent practice or simply a moral ideology? Ancient Hebrews, Mormons in the United States and Chinese traditionalists
people from different cultures and different religious beliefs and backgrounds. Centuries back, the most common type of polygamy was polygyny. No one really knows how or where polygamy originates from but there are ideas. Polygamy is more common in places that were once part of a colony. An example of such a place is Africa. Polygamy is very common in parts of Africa that were once colonized, take for example Nigeria. A reason why polygamy exists in such places is because during the period of colonization