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Authors: Kinoti Archangel Gabriel and Stephen Asatsa
Abstract: Traditional marriage rites are crucial in many African communities, as they have many roles among them being to ensure a stable marriage. The Ameru people in Kenya are a community that inhabits the entire Meru County in Kenya and have many traditional cultural activities that they observe from birth to death. This study explored the traditional marriage rites practiced by the Ameru people in Meru County, Kenya. The ethnography research design was used to implement the study, which was conducted in selected Catholic Church parishes in Meru County, Kenya. The study targeted all residents 1,145,114 inhabitants of Meru County. 20 Catholic parishes from one ward within the research area were selected by cluster sampling and used to reach the respondents. Data was collected using Focus Group Interview Guides and analyzed by thematic analysis. Results indicated that four marriage rites were in practice among the sampled respondents thus; pre-marriage preparation, courtship, dowry payment, and traditional wedding ceremonies.
Keywords: African Traditional Marriage Rites, Ameru People
Date of Publication: 12-04-2024
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