oa Botswana Notes & Records - Hambukushu marriage traditions: past and present

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The Hambukushu are a matrilineal society having many marriage traditions which are typical of matrilineal groups. Examples of this are: a month-long puberty ceremony which is held for girls, a period of bride service which is required of the groom and divorce which is common and may be initiated by either the man or the woman. Today, traditional practices are being dropped by young Hambukushu. In Etsha, the focus village of this article, many of the traditional practices have disappeared in the last five to ten years.

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