Attainment of Adulthood

Marriage is an important means of attaining adulthood for both men and women, although there is little in the way of public ceremony to mark the event. Bridewealth negotiations and payments may be extended over many years, during which the couple live together and have children yet consider the marriage "not yet" completed. Men join the sidibo and begin to have community-wide responsibilities at this time, as women are recognized as members of the "town women" and are expected to contribute to funeral dancing and generally take an interest in community affairs. A long tradition of male wagelabor migration, going back to the 18th century, exists along the coast and many young men put off marriage until after a period of "seeing the world" and accumulating trade goods for bridewealth (Brooks, 1972).

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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