In this tribe, a man must kidnap any lady he likes for marriage and inform her father later





While in other parts of the world, a man must 





first woo and secure the consent of a lady he 




is attracted to and wants to marry and then 



proceed to get her parents’ consent, the 




practice is different in Latuka, South Sudan.




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In this tribe, a man must kidnap any pretty lady he likes and inform her father later
In this tribe, a man must kidnap any pretty lady he likes and inform her father later

Per their culture and traditions, a suitor must 




kidnap a lady he intends to marry, by 




employing the services of other men together 




with whom he will lay an ambush for, chase 




and arrest the lady.






The captured lady is then taken to her





suitor’s home where she’s kept against her





will before the man informs her father




later.



As if all those are not interesting enough,




the lady’s father must beat up his son-in-





law-to-be to show that he approves of his







intended marriage to his daughter.

It is unsure how intense or extensive the





beatings take but when a woman is spotted





by a man and is kidnapped, it takes away





her choice and right to make an input into





which man she spends the rest of her life





with.



In other parts of the world, there is usually






a gentlemanly ceremony of handing over a






woman to a man, mostly by the father of







the bride-to-be, after both the man and the





woman have agreed to live together but





Latuka practises the direct opposite.



After kidnapping the girl, her suitor





returns




to her family with elderly male relatives to




officially ask for her hand in marriage.



In this tribe, a man must kidnap any pretty lady he likes and inform her father later





With the girl still in his possession, her







father is left with a choice on whether or






not to agree to the proposal by this suitor.






The response of a “yes” or “no” from the




father comes with its separate ceremonial





activities.






If the girl’s father agrees to the proposal







from this suitor, he is expected to beat his






prospective son-in-law to show his





approval





to their proposal.






Reports say the beatings signifies that the







man is willing to be beaten for his wife






since it’s about the sacrifices he’s willing to





make for the woman he loves.





Equally interesting is the fact that if the





father’s response is “no”, the suitor has the






discretion to decide whether to return the





kidnapped daughter or go ahead to marry





her regardless.



In this tribe, a man must kidnap any pretty lady he likes and inform her father later




This rather interesting practise has been a






subject of debate and continues to be as






many people are of the view that it is an




afront to the right of a girl to choose who






she is in love with and wants to spend her




life with.





The Latuka or the Otuho are a small ethnic



group who have practised subsistence





farming for long. They keep large herds of





cattle, sheep and goats in the mountains of



South Sudan





Common among the crops they grow are






groundnuts, sorghum, maize, and tubers





like yam and potato.



Latukas are said to embody a communal






lifestyle where nothing is kept from




anybody: they practise a system of sharing





and as such, no single person rules over





them. Instead, they have a group of elders




who are vested with the authority to guide




them.





They are a known conservative tribe that




forbids many forms of religious




penetrations and other cultures, including



marriage which remains unchanged over




the years despite criticism.












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