Why straight women in Tanzania are marrying one another

August 4, 2016 /LGBT News/ In a remote village in northern Tanzania, same sex marriages are on the rise, but not among lesbians. Within the Kurya tribe, a longstanding tradition of straight women and widows marrying each other in order to preserve their homes and lifestyles without husbands has seen a resurgence in popularity recently, as women seek more freedom and power, according to Marie Claire magazine.

Photo courtesy of  Marie Claire magazine
The Kurya tribe, with a population of 7,00,000 spread all over northern Tanzania, has a practice they call Nyumba Ntobhu, which translates to “House of women.”  This centuries-old local tradition has been given a modern revival by members of the Kurya tribe in remote villages in the north of the country.

Under the tradition, a woman is permitted to marry a younger woman if she is widowed or her husband chooses to leave her. This means she can keep the family home which is jointly owned with the younger woman, despite a tribal law which dictates that only males can normally inherit property.

These married women live together, cook, work, and raise children together. They share the same bed, but no part of this union involves sex, and the Kurya tribe forbids homosexuality. “Most Kurya people don't even know gay sex exists in other parts of the world. Especially between women,” a Kurya reporter, Dinna Maningo, told Marie Claire. 

According to the practice, the younger woman is able to take a male partner and potentially give birth to male heirs on the older woman's behalf.

Mugosi Maningo and Anastasia Juma are one such couple.  Mugosi’s husband left her 10 years ago, while Anastasia had survived a forced marriage at the age of 13, was treated like a slave by her husband, and ran away after giving birth to his child. The pair married in 2015.

“I certainly didn’t want another husband. Marrying a woman seemed the best solution,” Anastasia said. 

The two women will soon reach their first anniversary as a married couple. They're not sure if they'll do anything to celebrate the occasion—their lives are busy with their land, their livestock, and their three boisterous boys. "Anastasia likes goat meat, so I might cook some for her as an anniversary treat," says Mugosi. Anastasia is excited about their future together.  “The marriage is working out better than I could have imagined. I wasn’t sure at first, because it was such a new experience—now, I wouldn’t choose any other way.”

As modern as this practice sounds, it's quite an old custom, but wasn't created with the modern implications it now has. Kurya women are only now waking up to the fact that they can use this custom to find a stable home, devoid of the domestic and sexual violence traditional heterosexual marriages stand for, and also to choose their own male sexual partner. As reporter Dinna Maningo says, the problems of domestic abuse, child marriage, and female genital mutilation are rife in their society.






39 comments:

  1. jenny Rocks says

    I have heard that women's situation in Tanzania isn't good. They haven't any rights there, and that's why they have a lot of troubles. So I think that this situation isn't the worse that may happen with women, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS. I get to see more helpful articles from you in future.


    google mail says

    Such a useful post!
    Love,


    Alice Taylor says

    Thank you for sharing valuable information. Nice post. I enjoyed reading this post.

    monkey go happy| play mahjong| yahtzee with buddies| defend your nuts | superfighters 2 | happy wheels demo| bloons tower defense


    raja says

    its always inspiration story
    aol mail login nice information
    login account


    Syncetech - Sync With Blogging says

    Happy Diwali Gifts
    Happy Diwali Messages
    Happy Diwali Cards
    Happy Diwali Greetings


    Learn blogging


    http://tubi-tv.com says

    This is really cool and keep it up.


    Shivam Bansal says

    Happy Diwali Wishes, Diwali Images, Diwali Greetings, Diwali Rangoli, Quotes
    Deepavali Wishes SMS For Friends
    Happy Diwali Images Wishes
    Best Diwali Greetings Messages
    Best Diwali Messages For Facebook
    Diwali Quotes For Happy Diwali 2016
    Bursting Crackers On Diwali
    Crackers online shopping India
    Best Deepavali Greetings Messages


    Assignment Helper says

    My friend recommended this blog and he was totally right keep up the fantastic work!
    Online Economics Help


    Holi says

    happy halloween to you
    Halloween Face Paint Ideas Designs Pictures and Images 2016
    Halloween Contact Lenses Boots Black Color 2016


    Diwali Celebrations says

    happy diwali wishes to you

    Happy Diwali Quotes Wishes with Images in English and Hindi 2016
    Happy Diwali Sms 2016 in Hindi and English 140 Characters


    indra says

    cara mengobati sering mimisan
    cara menghilangkan bentol kemaluan
    cara menghilangkan uci-uci
    cara mengobati sakit pinggang pada wanita


    Unknown says

    Funny Happy Birthday Wishes Images for Husband About Getting Old
    Happy Birthday Wishes for Brother and Sister

    Happy Birthday Quotes and Images for Him Love and Romantic
    Happy Birthday Quotes for First Born Daughter from Mom Dad and Parents


    linda says

    ***شرکت نوين گيت***

    با سالها سابقه در طراحي ،اجرا و خدمات سيستمهاي درب اتوماتيک و راهبند
    فروش،نصب و راه اندازي و خدمات انواع درب اتوماتيک (درب سکشنال - کرکره اتوماتيک - کرکره پنجره - درب ريلي اتوماتيک - جک پارکينگي - کرکره شفاف - رول گيتر - انواع راهبند و درب اتوماتيک شيشه اي... )
    خدمات 24 ساعته و شبانه روزي حتي در تعطيلات رسمي
    مشاوره رايگان در تمامي مراحل


    Unknown says


    happy veterans day pics
    Diwali Images 2016
    Dussehra 2016 Wishes
    Wallpapers Of Diwali
    Pictures Of Diwali 2016
    happy diwali wishes in english
    Happy Diwali Quotes


    Rahul tech says

    diwali images
    deepavali wishes
    diwali greeting cards
    cracker
    rangoli
    Lakshmi
    thali decoration
    kuber mantra
    mothersday


    Drag Racer V3 says

    Great post potty racers | click jogos | descargar whatsapp | drag racer| banana kong game | spider solitaire | dhl tracking number format international |


    obat usus buntu says

    obat anyang-anyangan
    chitosan capsule
    cara mengobati luka infeksi
    cara mengobati luka lecet di vagina


    Oanhtt says

    wheely8
    mopeio
    myfrogio
    narwhaleio
    papalouie4


    xjd7410@gmail.com says

    20161102 junda
    longchamp pliage
    fred perry polo shirts
    uggs clearance
    air max 90
    hermes birkin
    michael kors factory outlet
    hollister uk
    louboutin pas cher
    nike outlet store
    ysl outlet
    true religion jeans
    michael kors outlet clearance
    fitflops sale
    prada sunglasses
    cheap nba jerseys
    versace sunglasses
    canada goose outlet
    ferragamo shoes
    true religion outlet
    michael kors outlet
    mulberry handbags
    polo ralph lauren
    futbol baratas
    ray ban sunglasses
    longchamp outlet
    soccer jerseys
    nike store uk
    instyler ionic styler
    mulberry outlet
    hollister canada
    louis vuitton outlet
    cheap jordans
    nfl jerseys wholesale
    lebron james shoes
    ugg slippers


    Anonymous says

    Great article I like this one very much. Thanks
    how to get tested for Chlamydia test


    reable says

    Sex Movies
    Sex Videos
    Pornhub Xxx Tube
    Free Xxx
    Freepornfree
    Free-xxx-free
    Free Xxx Tube
    Free Kinky Sex
    Xxx Teens
    Teen Sex


    jetstar says

    ve may bay di california


    jalpa prajapati says

    Really this is very great information. Thanks lot.Examhelpline.in


    Aim Shankar says

    very good post to reading
    Happy New Year 2017
    Happy New Year 2017 wishes
    Happy New Year 2017 wishes messages
    Happy New Year 2017 wishes quotes
    Happy New Year 2017 quotes
    Happy New Year 2017 inspirational quotes
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp dp
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp status
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp wishes
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp messages
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp images
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp greeting cards
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp status
    Happy New Year 2017 whatsapp status update
    Happy New Year 2017 facebook status


    Aim Shankar says

    just we are at the corner no porblem





    Christmas
    Christmas 2016
    Christmas wishes
    Christmas gifts
    Christmas gift ideas
    Christmas gift ideas 2016
    Best gift ideas for x mas
    unique Christmas gifts
    low price Christmas gift ideas
    Christmas gifts ideas for her
    Christmas gifts ideas for him
    Christmas gifts ideas for pinterest
    Christmas gifts ideas for boyfriend
    Home made Christmas gift ideas
    Christmas gifts ideas for kids
    Christmas 2016 gifts for mother in law
    Christmas for friend
    Christmas for mother in law
    Christmas for lover
    Christmas 2016 gift ideas for girlfriend
    Christmas wishes quotes
    Christmas 2016 wishes father
    Christmas gift ideas for boss male
    Christmas gift ideas for boss female
    Christmas wishes in spanish
    Christmas 2016 wishes Russian
    Christmas 2016 wishes in Garmin
    Christmas 2016 wishes in French
    Christmas 2016 wishes Malayalam
    Christmas eve
    Christmas eve party
    Christmas Celebrations
    Christmas 2016 wishes for mother
    Christmas wishes for brother
    Christmas 2016 wishes for lover
    Christmas 2016 wishes for boss
    Christmas 2016 wishes for parents
    Christmas 2016 wishes for brother
    Christmas 2016 wishes for my boss


    Arvind Dabas says

    Thanks for sharing the nice information

    Target Discount Codes


    evaair says

    Thanks for sharing the nice information


    jetstar says

    just we are at the corner no porblem


    thuhuyen nguyen says
    This comment has been removed by the author.

    نور الهدى says



    افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة تساعدك على نقل اثاثك بامان فلا داعى للقلق مع افضل شركة نقل اثاث بجدة

    عزيزى العميل انت من محبى التنقل باستمرار بالتالى انت بحاجة ماسة وضروية الى الاستعانة بالمختصين في نقل العفش خاصة ارخص شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض لان الاستعانة باى من عمالة الشوارع الغير مدربة والتي لا تمتلك خبرة كافية في نقل العفش او الحفاظ علية وليس هذا فقط فقد يؤدى الاستعانة بعمالة الشوارع الى حدوث حالة فقدان وتكسير للاثاث بالتالى التاثير الضار عليك عزيزى العميل

    لا تقلق مطلقاً الان بشأن نقل اي منقولات خاصة بك طالما استعنت بشركة الاول لـ نقل الأثاث في الرياض وخارج الرياض فنحن ليس الوحيدون ولكننا متميزون عن اى مؤسسة أخرى داخل وخارج الدمام وشهرتنا كافضل شركة نقل عفش بينبع
    نقل اثاث بجدة


    Gita Prisilfia says

    cook, work, and raise children together. They share the same bed, but no part of this union involves sex, and the Kurya tribe forbids homosexuality.
    bandar togel online terpercaya di indonesia


    khaled ali says

    شركة نقل اثاث وعفش بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف بالطائف
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالطائف
    شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف


    khaled ali says

    شركة رش مبيدات بخميس مشيط
    شركة تنظيف بخميس مشيط
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بخميس ميشط
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بخميس مشيط
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيط
    شركة تنظيف منازل بخميس مشيط
    شركة نقل اثاث وعفش بخميس مشيط
    شركة تسليك مجارى بخميس مشيط
    شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف


    ابو ياسين says

    من المعروف ان نظافة المنازل من بين اهم الخدمات الضرورية في التنظيف والترقية بمنازلنا الى مصاف المنازل العصرية والتي عرفت تنظيفا عصريا من شانه ان يوفر لساكنته ظروفا حياتية راقية ولابد من توفر هيئة تختص في المجال مع تقديم ضمانات متكاملة من شانه ان تجعل الافراد يضمنون نجاح خدمة التنظيف ولا حاجة للمزيد من ضياع الاموال عبر طلبات خدمة نظافة المنازل التي لا تلبي حاجياتهم ولا تتماشى مع رغباتهم لأن العديد من شركات تنظيف المنازل تسعى فقط الى عرض خدماتها عبر طرق ترويجية فحسب من اجل كسب المال فقط دون مراعاة الوازع الاخلاقي والضمير المهني الذي يحتم على مدراء مثل هاته الشركات ان يسعوا خلف ارضاء العملاء ليس اكثر من هذا عبر اتقان تنظيف المنازل . شركة نقل عفش بتبوك
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالاحساء
    شركة تنظيف بالاحساء
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالاحساء
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بتبوك
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بالاحساء


    ابو ياسين says

    هل تبحث عن افضل شركة تقدم خدمات مزلة فى الاحساء نحن فى شركة ركن كلين نقدم لك افضل الخدمات التى لا ماثيل لها نقوم بتنظيف ومكافحة الحشرات وتسليك المجارى كما اننا نقضى على الحشرات تمام وبدون اى اضرار اتصل بنا وسوف نصلك اينما كنت
    شركة تنظيف منازل بالاحساء
    شركة تنظيف فلل بالاحساء
    شركة تنظيف شقق بالاحساء
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بالاحساء
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالاحساء
    شركة تنظيف بيارات بالاحساء
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالاحساء
    شركة رش مبيدات بالاحساء
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالاحساء
    شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالاحساء


    Friv 3 Games says

    I liked it so much and very interesting, too! Thanks for sharing the experience.
    Wonderful post, really great tips and advice.
    friv 3
    friv 4
    kizi


    Games Boy says

    its their personal matter
    total jerkface||happywheelsdemo.in||
    http://fireboyandwatergirl.co/


    jalpa prajapati says

    Really this is very great information sharing with us. Thanks lot.Examhelpline.in


    Rasili RasiliGoa says

    I have feel bad after see that, They haven't any rights there, and that's why they have a lot of troubles. So I think that this situation isn't the worse that may happen with women.
    High Porfile Call Girls in Gurgaon


39 comments so far. What do you think?