3 African countries struggling to let go of wife inheritance customs

Farida Dawkins Oct 26, 2018 at 03:00pm

October 26, 2018 at 03:00 pm | Culture

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

October 26, 2018 at 03:00 pm | Culture

A Mundari man in South Sudan…Atlas of Humanity

South Sudan

The Nyangwara people are an ethnic group that resides in South Sudan in Central Equatoria.

The Nyangwara are divided into the Nyangwara of Rokon, Dollo or Miri, and Tijor who later adopted the name of “Pojulu of Tijor.”

The Nyangwara follow a non-centralized Patrilineal society. The society is divided into clans called Kotumitan.

In the practice of Ruta, women are inherited by their widow’s siblings or other male relatives after his death.

Nevertheless, women can opt to not remarry or remarry a man outside of their clan.  She can also remain a member of her widower’s clan so she can raise their children.

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