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bride price

A payment in the form of money, property, or other valuable asset that is made by or on behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in certain cultures or societies. Also called bride wealth.

bride price


bride wealth

(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in some societies) money, property, or services given by a bridegroom to the kinsmen of his bride in order to establish his rights over the woman

bride′ price`

or bride′-price`,

(in some nonindustrial societies) the money or goods given to the family of a bride by the bridegroom or his family.
Also called bride•wealth (brīd′welth`).
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Noun1.bride price - money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride
gift - something acquired without compensation
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Marakwet West MP William Kisang calls for reduction of high number of cows paid as dowry, or a ban on the culture of paying an unaffordable number of livestock as brideprice.
Although the men were talking about me, in my presence, and directly not to me, and although they were talking about brideprice, I still realized this was a point of positivity: at least this showed that the education of girls will be appreciated when it comes to marriage.
In Things Fall Apart, we are presented an occasion of Obierika's daughter's brideprice payment:
Some have argued that the practice of brideprice is associated with a strong female role in agriculture, and that dowry is associated with societies in which women have a smaller role in labour-intensive agriculture.
As an illustration of resource provisioning, in societies with brideprice, in which resources such as cattle may be required in the negotiation of a marriage, the ability of a father to contribute such resources to a son may impact the age at which his son is able to marry and begin a reproductive career.
Here all daughters must be "in the right condition" to claim her brideprice - equal to about 30 cows.
Next Kaskija distinguishes different categories of Punan, mostly by location and subservience to particular named sets of stratified agriculturalists and customs like brideprice and burial customs.
Contrasting with the related concepts such as brideprice and dower, dowry is an ancient Indian custom, and its existence may well predate records of it.
Marriage is most commonly transacted through brideprice, (9) and, especially in the past, labour was in short supply.
You have these vast numbers of young men growing up without the money, either for the brothel or the brideprice, with raging sexual desire.
Whatever rites they did in their rural home with the payment of the brideprice (lobola) through the intermediary,the munyai ,was not recognized by the white system.
However, citations employing the term bridewealth or brideprice will be encountered in this work reflecting the perceptions of cited authorities, not those of the author of this article.