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Cow-for-Bride Inflation in South Sudan

July 28th, 2011 by John Mansfield

“Emmanuel Gambiri said an educated wife in his cattle-herding Mundari tribe in South Sudan costs 50 cows, 60 goats and 30,000 Sudanese pounds ($12,000) in cash. [. . .] Gambiri recalls a time when wives cost as little as 12 cows and tribal chiefs wielded enough power to call the parents and set an affordable bride price.” (link)

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July 28th, 2011 09:26:15

July 28, 2011

Contrast to China and India where girls are not wanted. In India, it’s actually the reverse, the bride’s parents have to come up with a dowry. Hmmm, I smell business opportunity. Supply, meet Demand.

S.P. Bailey
July 28, 2011

I suspect that the Johny Lingo approach to courtship eventually hits a point of diminishing returns …

Adam G.
July 28, 2011

Sounds like someone’s been running the cow presses.

July 28, 2011

If I’d had to pony up all those cattle before I could marry, I would never have married.

Nevertheless, it sounds like an undesirable custom.

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