Culture May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am

Centuries-old African rituals practiced today to encourage celibacy

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am

May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am | Culture

Matrimonial bed…Casa de la vida

Swahili 

In the Swahili culture, a somo or marriage mentor is appointed to the bride. This mentor is one that is trained on how to be a sufficient wife.

This woman sleeps under the bed of the bride and groom to ensure that they have consummated their marriage.

Some choose to hold on to traditions as it relates to sex before marriage. Others are laxer and prescribe to their own school of thought.

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