A Compilation of Dowry Items for a Traditional Yoruba Wedding.

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Certainly, here’s a revised version of the information you provided: “Within the context of a Yoruba traditional wedding, the bride price, also known as ‘Eru Iyawo’ or ‘Wọ́,’ plays a significant role in the marriage ceremony. The specific items and their quantities can vary depending on the involved families and their individual preferences.

Nonetheless, the following is a compilation of typical items that may constitute the bride price for a Yoruba traditional wedding.”

Certainly, here’s a revised version of the items typically included in the bride price for a Yoruba traditional wedding:

  1. Kolanuts (Obi): Kolanuts are a customary gesture of respect and are typically presented in varying quantities.
  2. Sacred Book (Bible or Quran): Depending on the couple’s faith, a sacred book is included to symbolize the spiritual aspect of the union.
  3. Alcoholic Beverages (Schnapps or Wine): Traditionally, alcoholic drinks like Schnapps or wine are part of the ceremony.
  4. Yam (Isu): Several yams are included to symbolize fertility and prosperity.
  5. Honey (Oyin): Honey represents the sweetness of the marriage.
  6. Salt (Iyo): Salt signifies the importance of adding flavor to life.
  7. Cash: Money, often in Nigerian Naira, is a crucial component of the bride price. The specific amount should be agreed upon in advance.
  8. Jewelry and Clothing: The groom may present jewelry and clothing items, such as a headscarf (gele), beads, or a wrapper (iro) for the bride.
  9. Shoes and Bags: These items may also be included in the bride price.
  10. Adire Fabric: Adire, a traditional Yoruba fabric, might be part of the bride price.
  11. Broom (Iru Esin): A broom symbolizes cleanliness and the couple’s commitment to maintaining a tidy home.
  12. Wristwatches: Modern additions to the list may include wristwatches and accessories.

It’s important to note that the specific items and quantities can be subject to negotiation between the families and may be influenced by their economic circumstances and preferences.

The bride price ritual is a cultural and symbolic tradition aimed at fostering goodwill and strengthening the bond between the two families, emphasizing the bride’s value beyond mere commodity.

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