ISBN 9789991271637
Pages 382
Dimensions 254 x 178mm
Published 2022
Publisher Lightbooks Publishers, Botswana
Format Paperback

Lenyalo: Marriage Cultures and Processes in Botswana

Past and Present

edited by ALUBDEV Trust

This research sought to find out the commonalities and variations in lenyalo marriage culture and practices in past and present Botswana. It was hoped that the research would culminate in an elaborate account of the series of stages, events as well as processes, which would be a reference point for Botswana's evolving society, and perhaps a rallying point for convergences and the finding resolutions to some of the problems that are seen as being associated with marriage in today's society.

This book attempts to cover the formal lenyalo processes as can be recounted, though perhaps not always as comprehensively as desired, on the issues that follow: courtship stages (go kokota/go itshupa); bride-seeking (patlo); lobola (bogadi); bride and groom counselling (go laya); the wedding ceremony (kemo/mokete wa lenyalo); the transfer of a bride to her in-laws; (go isa monyadiwa); and the bride being taken back to her natal home (go gatisiwa). In the course of recounting these events, these marriage rites, the significance of metaphorical language and symbolic actions are discussed. The rights, privileges and benefits associated with traditional marriage practices are brought into focus. Roles of maternal, as opposed to paternal, uncles and aunts are discussed. Problems and challenges that are prevalent in Botswana marriages, as well as possible remedies and standardization of the practices are also discussed. The book also highlights significant factors of change as well as their impact on traditional marriage rites and processes.

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About the Editor


The Alumni of the University of Botswana Development Trust (ALUBDEV) was founded in 1993 under a notarial deed of trust with the aim, inter alia, of promoting education in Botswana in general, and to assist the University in the provision of education in particular. The Trust maintains its commitment by diversifying its portfolio including investment on the stock exchange. The Trust further built five houses in the Kgale View area which initially housed junior members of staff at the University, but were subsequently opened up for rent or purchase by members of the public. Other activities of the Trust include various cash and in-kind donations to the University through mutual understanding, as well as student scholarships.