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ERIC Number: ED132086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Marriage in West Africa--A Composite. Mini-Module.
African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
This module contains a description of the responsibilities and ceremony of marriage in west Africa, seven discussion questions exploring the differences between Western and African marriage customs, five enrichment activities, and a bibliography of five books about love and marriage in Africa. The general discussion relates the engagement of a young African couple, stressing the obligations each person has to the other, their families, and the community. The wedding ceremony is described in detail, with a diagram of seating and a list of symbolic ingredients of the marriage ceremony such as the coconut, the milk of life. A brief explanation follows which points out that, for Africans, marriage with its promise of children is a link for the dead with those yet to live. The questions and enrichment activities encourage students to compare African marriage customs with ceremonies of various Western religious groups and to consider if traditional African marriages will survive, in light of the pull of modern life against ties to the past. The bibliography contains stories as well as general studies of African marriage customs. (AV)
Descriptors: African Culture, Area Studies, Bibliographies, Black Studies, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Lesson Plans, Life Style, Marriage, Secondary Education, Social Behavior, Social Studies, Sociocultural Patterns
African-American Institute, 833 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017 ($0.50, 4 for $1.50)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: African-American Inst., New York, NY. School Services Div.
Identifiers - Location: Africa