In the Bayankole tribe of Uganda, the moment a girl is set to be married, she is made to pass through a whole lot of limitations in a bid to get her ready for the wedding. The lady being prepared for marriage is held inside and is given beef and millet porridge.
She is supposed to take in milk in big quantities to ensure she becomes fat. This is because being fat there is regarded as being beautiful. The young lady is also instructed by her parents to abstain from s£xual activities when she starts developing br£asts.
However, it is the responsibility of a Banyankole father to locate a spouse for their son as he will pay the bridewealth too. The bride price always consists of some cows, goats and pots of alcohol based on exactly how rich you are.
After the bride price has been paid, the wedding preparations start and right from the big day, there are lots of feasting in the bride’s home in which the father is anticipated to slaughter a bull.
As for the groom’s home, there is usually another feast but this only happens after the bride’s aunt has “tested” her niece’s purity and slept with the groom.
Their wedding ceremony program is called the “Okuhingira” and this is when a bride is officially handed over to the groom’s family.
During the ceremony, the parents provide material support in form of gifts to their daughter to assist her to settle in her new home.
Of all the gifts provided, the most important of them is “Omugamba”. It is said that the omugamba stands for the long stick where the various items are suspended during transportation and display. The reason this is important is because the other gifts are put on a stick to save the carrier’s time and energy by transporting all the items at once.
Also, each item on the omugamba has its specific use as Ahimbisibwe explains:
Ahimbisibwe illustrates that ‘Ebyanzi’ are wooden vessels made of smoked black wood and covered with beautiful, handmade covers known as ‘Emihaiha’, woven with sisal and other fibers printed in geometric patterns. Another thing is that these vessels are used while milking, serving, and storing milk. They are given according to the number of cows the bride’s family has received as bride price.