The Language-Families of Africa

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With the removal of the bride to the home of the mother-in-law the marriage is by no means completed but there now begins an important part of the preparation for marriage called "yalika" which can be compared with a modern feeding cure. The girl does no work, does not leave the house, has a small girl to wait on her and chaperone her, and is nourished plentifully with the best foods. . . . The day after her arrival her mother sends a pot of the best food and a calabash of rich milk. . . . During the whole time the groom was under strict control by his mngari [best man] who also slept with him. . . . The main object of this solicitude was to make the two very stout and strong. The relatives on both sides competed in the preparation of foods (113; 117).

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Chicago: "The Language-Families of Africa," The Language-Families of Africa in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed May 27, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4J1GN3YVYVP8N3Z.

MLA: . "The Language-Families of Africa." The Language-Families of Africa, in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, edited by Thomas, William I., New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937, Original Sources. 27 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4J1GN3YVYVP8N3Z.

Harvard: , 'The Language-Families of Africa' in The Language-Families of Africa. cited in 1937, Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. , McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 27 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4J1GN3YVYVP8N3Z.