5 Of The Strangest African Marriage Traditions


The Bigger The Better

The act is referred to as force feeding (Photo credit: Jooste de Raeymaeker via marieclaire)

In Mauritania, the bigger the bride is, the wealthier she is and the bigger the space she occupies in her husband’s heart.

Women in some rural parts of the country are considered beautiful only when they are fat.

Getting to that stage of beauty is very important to them and girls are overfed at very young ages to make sure that they become nice and fat which makes it easier for a man to come ask for her hand in marriage.

Before you get too excited, you should know that the girls are forced to eat even when they don’t want to and some are made to eat their vomit as well when they throw up.


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