A marriage is not complete until a child is born

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transmitting the “vital force” of life. A marriage is not complete until a child is born. Without children, they “extinguish the fire.” Even after that the marriage has not ended; it just is a means Renaud 3 to an end. Which means it is always growing, always developing. Even after death, a marriage is not over.
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Marriage just doesn’t involve the two people getting married either, it involves the whole community. It brings two families together and they become one people or one thing (Magesa pg 115.) Marriage always creates strong bonds between, of course, the individuals getting married but also the families. There are several types of marriage in the African culture. Polygamy, Sorority, and Levirate are a couple types of marriages that occur. Polygamy as most of us know is marriage with more than one wife. In Africa, the more wives you have, the more powerful you are. However, a husband has the same responsibility in all marriages (Magesa pg138.) Sorority marriage is also referred to as sister marriage. This is because if your wife passes away and she doesn’t have a sister, you marry the next closest family member. Levirate marriage is the opposite of Sorority. This occurs when a brother in law takes over a marriage for the deceased legal husband (Magesa pg140.) What even makes that bond even stronger is the creation of children. Children are a huge part of marriage. Without children marriage is incomplete. Africans can “extinguish the fire” if they have no children. What they mean by this is that if a family has no children, there will be no way for the family name to be passed on. According to Browning, “For Africans, life is essentially reproductive life, and the transmission of life is both a social and religious obligation ( Browning pg 329.)” Like I stated earlier, one major factor of marriage is the bride must be fertile to have children while that isn’t as important to some of us in the West. What I also find Renaud 4 interesting about children is that when they are born the community celebrates as a whole (Fogliacco pg 129.) The celebration isn’t just among the mother and father but the whole community. Just like most of us see it, Africans see children as a gift from god. Choosing a name is also a big process for the child. Usually the parents name the child after an ancestor who they want them to be like. Africans believe that if you name their child after a certain ancestor, that the child will receive that ancestor’s traits and characteristics that made them an ancestor. This is almost completely opposite from our culture. Even though there are some families who chose their child’s name for a particular reason, some families just pick a name because it sounds good to them. As I stated earlier, marriage is about bringing two clans together and becoming one. Becoming and being “one” is a big part of the African culture. Everything is together, including the family and church. In Africa, the family and church are one, they are the same thing. According to Orobator, family provides the framework of the church (pg86.) What I find interesting, is that Africans can’t even define themselves without mentioning a part of their family. This shows you how important family is. As we all know family and religion play an important role in an Africans life. Because of this the church in Africa is viewed as the Family of
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