Sharing husband with ‘co-wives’ – An interesting insight in Masaai tribe’s marriage structure [VIDEO]
"In our culture, love is a bit different. We live together well. We love each other and each other's children."
Yayai is part of the Maasai tribe, one of the largest and best-known African tribes. One of the Maasai traditions that continue to live to this day is the custom of polygamy.
A successful relationship can only exist between two people, but that’s not how everyone around the world lives and thrives.
Recently, a YouTube travel vlogger, Eva Zu Beck, interviewed Yayai about marriage in Maasai culture.
Yayai told Beck, “In Maasai tradition, they will marry you off even if you don’t like it.”
Responding to a question on why do the Maasai men have many wives, Yayai, said, “Many wives mean that there will be many children for whom they get cows (increase the family wealth).
“I was my husband’s first wife, after a while, the second wife came, and then they brought the third wife. We all get along very well.”
She added, “In our culture, love is a bit different. We live together well. We love each other and each other’s children. Me and my co-wives, we talk, we spend time together even without our husband. so yes, it is different
Yayai continued, “This side of our culture is changing. Young people don’t want to follow this tradition anymore. It shows they don’t want to be in polygamous marriages anymore.”
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