Photo: Bridesmaids with the bride at a marriage ceremony of Uganda’s Bayankol tribe where bride’s aunt must have sex with groom to test his potency before he marries her niece.
Marriage in Uganda’s Bayankole tribe is of great importance as parents derive joy and pride from their children’s marriage.
According to this Ugandan tradition, when a girl gets to the age of eight or nine, it is the duty of her aunt to groom her for family life.
Virginity in this culture is held in high esteem so the girls must abstain from premarital s€x.
The Batankole tribe considers the slim physique unattractive. To them, fat is simply sexy.
So when girls get to the ages eight of and nine, they are required to go through a fattening process. This is usually done to speed up the weight gain of the girls so they can attract a husband.
The Banyakole marriage involves several ceremonies including a Giveaway period know as “Kuhingira” where the relatives and friends of the bride present her with gifts such as cows and other food items to take to her matrimonial home.
On the wedding day, a feast is organized at the bride’s home where the father is to slaughter a bull while at the groom’s home there is also a feast to consummate the marriage.
But first, there has to be one last ceremony, that involves tests that must be done by the bride’s aunt.
It involves the bride’s aunt testing the sexual ability of the groom by having s€x with him. This is to make sure that he is potent.
During the act, she learns all his s€x tricks as well as favorite styles so she can gift her niece with pointers on what the goom likes sexually.
After confirmation is done the bride is then taught by her Aunt and allowed to consummate the marriage by being sent by her Aunt to the husband with her blessings.