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(tribe) Sudan

Nuer Men

Eliot Elisofon - Nuer Men - 1947-50


People known to have had female husbands or male daughters. Among the Nuer, same-sex marriage among women was common in old times. More of an economic union, an older woman would take a younger one as a wife. The younger woman brought wealth with her in the form of cattle. The younger woman's children would be raised by the older woman, whom they called "female father".

The marriage ceremony, was taking place in the same manner for woman-woman marriages as with woman-man marriages. In fact, there were no separate term to differentiate a woman-woman marriage from a woman-man marriage.


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