May 23, 2011 by
DJ MPENZI in
My Trip To Kenya
I guess I arrived just in time for the “DOWRY” ceremony. One of my cousins is about to get married thus the DOWRY ceremony is held to allow the meeting of both sides of the family. Hold on now!! I know the feminist light in some of you is flashing double time. Contrary to the belief that this entails the exchange of goods and livestock for the woman to marry into the family (aka the price for the bride), it is in actuality the act of gratitude from the family of the MAN to the Family of the WOMAN for bringing her into this world and supporting her into the family she is marrying to.
Now the whole process involves the negotiation of the dowry which is done by representatives of each family and the process takes a long time. In some cases the ceremony (Marriage) will not go on unless the dowry is agreed upon but in my cousins case negotiations don’t interfere with the ceremony plans but will eventually be complete. I must say it is one beautiful congregation of people brought together by love and family. I must add the food DAMN!!! I was fngerlicking all afternoon, Mahamri, Pilau, Mbuzi, Chapati I get hungry writing this.
I on the other hand was basking in the joy of being around my family, while adamantly ignoring the marriage questions or should I say dodging them. Some of my cousins present I last saw when they were little, others like my Aunts I last saw when I left Kenya. NOTHING BEATS THE COMPANY OF FAMILY. Anyway enjoy the Pics from the family/dowry re-union