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The bride price paid by a prospective husband among certain peoples in southern Africa.

[Zulu -lóbólà, dowry, give a dowry.]


(lɔːˈbɔːlə; ləˈbəʊ-) or


(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in southern Africa) an African custom by which a bridegroom's family makes a payment in cattle or cash to the bride's family shortly before the marriage
[from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price]
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noun (S. African) dowry, portion, marriage settlement, dot (archaic) Following the tradition of lobola, the king's family paid 40 head of cattle for his new wife.
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ShopeJH, "Tobola is here to stay": rural black women and the contradictory meanings of lobolo in post-apartheid South Africa, Agenda, 2006, 20(68):64-72.
Women as Mediators in Post-war Mozambique: Pushing Lobolo from Price to Propriety", in Kaith Hart (Ed.
Sianga comprou-me com lobolo, que e uma cerimonia solene mas um negocio porque se faz com valores e dinheiro vivo.
Faul, L (2015), "Putin's lobolo may seal nuke deal", Mail & Guardian, 19-25 June.
When he designed the Lobolo Ecolodge in Lake Turkana, Kenya, Mehta consulted with the locals.
So although the payment of lobolo in Joao's case was agreed at the station, it had to be overseen by the chief.
These days a debased form of ukuthwala is rife in the Eastern Cape, with schoolgirls as young as 12 being kidnapped by older, often HIV-infected men, raped, kept captive as wives, and lobolo paid to their families in compensation for the child.
Desiderato de uma relacao de mais trinta anos com a sociedade mocambicana, uma relacao, convem dizer, baseada no envolvimento pessoal com os problemas e as lutas das mulheres mocambicanas, o livro documento tanto a propria trajetoria de descolonizacao conceitual da autora quanto as mudancas no cenario politico mocambicano, resultantes da transicao entre o periodo socialista, marcado pelos slogans "abaixo" (ao tribalismo, a poligamia, ao feudalismo, aos curandeiros, ao lobolo, aos ritos de iniciacao], com sua sanha por modernizacao e racionalizacao da sociedade, ate o presente periodo neoliberal, marcado pelo programa de reestruturacao economica, ou "structural adjustment", imposto pelo Banco Mundial no anos 1990.
The exchange of lobolo, or bride price, is supposed to be a long, formal process intricately knitting two families, but in this case the deal was swift, and Nonkululeko's grandmother, who opposed the match, was ignored.
En general, on assiste plutot a une volonte de faire evoluer le droit coutumier de maniere autonome, par exemple en permettant que le lobolo (55) soit negocie par la mere de l'epouse et verse a celle-ci plutot qu'au pere.
In effect, the lobolo (or lowola) as the payment of cattle among the Bantu enabled the bridegroom to remove the bride from the village of her kin to the village of his own family and to recompense the bride's parents for the loss of her service.
If, during this process, the spouses' relationship is called into question it can be proved only by reference to the performance of wedding rituals, payment of lobolo and evidence given by members of the community.