Meet The Latuka Tribe: Where A Man Must First Kidnap Any Lady He Intends To Marry Before Meeting Her Parents

The Latuka tribe is a small ethnic group living in mountains and settlements in South Sudan, the Eastern part of the landlocked country in East Africa.

These people are also referred to as Otuho.

They practice subsistence farming, which means everyone farms for himself or his family. They grow crops like groundnuts, sorghum, maize, and tubers like yam and potato.

These people have stood strong in their traditional beliefs that no form of religious penetration from the white missionaries succeeded. They share what they have with one another and there’s no single person in authority, rather a group of elders.

One thing that has refused to change in this part of South Sudan, is their marriage system. Unlike other tribes, when a man is interested in a woman, he tries to get her attention and then seeks to visit her parents where he would make his intentions known.

This is not the case with the Latuks tribe, here once a man has an interest in any lady for marriage, he must first kidnap her and then plans to visit her parents to make his intentions known.

The father then has to respond with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. If he says yes and blesses their marriage, he is expected to beat his prospective son-in-law to show consent. However, if he says ‘no’, the young man is at liberty to return the girl to her father’s house or marry her as he so wishes.


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