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Although the white wedding has becoming popular in western culture, around the world, people celebrate their nuptials in their own traditional ways…

1. Kidnap the bae, Sudan
In the Latuka tribe of Sudan, when a man intends to marry a woman, he kidnaps her to indicate his interest. Then elderly members of his family go and seek the consent of the girl’s father.
If he agrees, the father beats the man up as a sign of his acceptance of the union, but even if he doesn’t, the man might forcefully marry the girl anyway.

2. Whipped for a wife, Nigeria:
The Fulani people of Northern Nigeria have a traditional practice called ‘sharo’ which means flogging.
When a man wants to marry a woman, he is whipped publicly to demonstrate that he is strong enough to be worthy of a bride.
He is to demonstrate perseverance and strength as he endures severe whippings.

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3. Between 1000 and 1500 Karo (Kara) people live on the east banks of the Omo River in south Ethiopia. To enhance the beauty of the Karo bride her abdomen is tattooed with different symbols. The Karo man can have as many wives as he can afford. Usually he has two or three wives.

3. In Sudanese Neur tribe the groom can get married if he pays for 20-40 herds of cattle. Wedding is complete when the wife gives birth to two kids. If the wife has only one child the husband can ask for divorce. He can also ask for the cattle or the baby.In Southern Sudan people of the Neur tribe believe that the marriage is not complete until the woman has had two children. If she fails to do so, the groom is able to seek a divorce.

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4. At the wedding ceremony held by the Masai (Maasai) nation of Kenya the father of the bride blesses her by spitting on her head and breasts. Then she leaves with her husband. While walking to her new home she never looks back as she believes that she will turn to stone.

5. In the Congo, if you want to ruin someone’s wedding just hire a comedian. In order for the marriage to be taken seriously the bride and groom are not allowed to smile throughout the entire ceremony.

6. Swahilli nation of Kenya bathe bride in sandalwood oils and apply henna tattoos on her limbs. Somo or a woman elder instructs the bride how to satisfy her husband. The somo sometimes hides under the bed in case some unexpected problems appear.

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7. Nigerian

The girls family buys house and furnishes it

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