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Yayai is part of the Maasai tribe, one of the largest and best-known African tribes. One of the Maasai traditions that continues to live to this day is the custom of polygamy (or, more specifically, polygyny). As someone with a European upbringing, I’ve always been taught that a successful relationship can only exist between two people… But that’s not how everyone around the world lives and thrives.
I’ve decided to ask Yayai about what marriage is like in her Maasai culture, and she really opened my eyes to the fact that there is no single recipe for a good relationship (except, maybe, to respect your partner!). I’m hoping you’ve also come here with an open mind and without judgment – because even if you may not agree with someone’s way of life, you should always find a way to respect it (if they’re not doing anything to harm you).
I also know that there’s a lot that I will never find out about, and of course many other socio-political issues at stake here. But it is not the purpose of this video to discuss them at length: this video is merely a small dip into the idea of polygamy in Maasai marriage, and that’s the scope of it.
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