Other Cross Sex Relationships

Among the Maasai there is a close and intimate relationship between brothers and sisters, particularly those of the same mother. As an expression of their emotional intimacy, they kiss when they meet (which husband and wife never do). Women often find sanctuary in the home of their brother when husbands mistreat them.

Another cross-sex relationship of particular importance is the one between a woman and her husband's best man (olcepulgerra). Together with the bridegroom, he collects the young bride from her family and brings her to the bridegroom's homestead at the wedding ceremony. Traditionally, he is supposed to sleep with the bride on the first night after she has entered the husband's home. Later in married life, she may always seek advice or solace from the best man.

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