WHAT ARE THE MARRIAGE CULTURES OF THE ZULU PEOPLE?
The Zulu are one of the most numerous groups in South Africa, and their wedding traditions reflect this. The families of both the bride and groom traditionally arranged weddings in Zulu culture, with the groom’s family traditionally paying a bride price to the bride’s family. It’s still widespread in certain rural communities, but many urban Zulu couples get hitched for the right reasons instead.
Traditional Zulu marriages are grand celebrations attended by many people and adorned with magnificent displays. The bride wears a traditional beaded headgear, and the groom dons a leopard hide, both of which are part of their traditional attire. Several traditions take place at the wedding event, including the giving and receiving of presents between the families, the slaughter of a cow or goat, and the consumption of traditional beer.
The newlyweds typically go in with the groom’s family after the wedding, when the bride takes on domestic responsibilities and contributes to the family’s agricultural or economic endeavors. The Zulu practice polygamy, with rich males frequently marrying more than one wife. More and more modern-day Zulu women, however, are opting for employment outside the house and formal education.
Traditional and ceremonial, the Zulu wedding is also changing to suit the beliefs and customs of today’s South Africa.