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Centuries-old African rituals practiced today to encourage celibacy

May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am | Culture

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am | Culture

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa. The Swazi Umhlanga, or reed dance ceremony, 100,000 unmarried women , or maidens, celebrate their virginity by bringing reeds for the Swazi Queen Mother's Kraal during this 8 day long annual tradition and dancing in a massive gathering before King Mswati III, the royal family, and the public...Edward Remsburg

In traditional African culture, premarital sex is highly frowned upon.  Some believe sex is an act that should be shared only between a husband and wife. African rites stress the need for procreation and preservation of customs which is believed can only be successfully achieved through the union of a man and woman.

In modern African culture, though abstinence is preached and encouraged, the importance has subsided. It is not uncommon to find couples engaging in intercourse before marriage.

No matter what side of the fence you are on, one thing that is important to note is that the customs are present no matter how imperative it is to learn and discuss one’s cultural norms.

The following are African rituals that are meant to encourage celibacy.

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