Tuareg: An Islamic tribe where women own most, can send their husbands packing

Tuareg: An Islamic tribe where women own most, can send their husbands packing

- The Tuareg is a nomadic tribe that is common to some countries in Africa because of their migratory nature

- In the case of divorce, the woman is richer as she takes everything including the house, leaving the man with little

- The Tuareg men wear a veil to protect themselves from the Sahara dust, an act that leaves marks on their faces

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The Tuareg tribe gives much power to women as they are allowed to decide their fate without the so-called supreme power of men.

Their men wear a blue indigo veil as a protective measure to keep their face safe from the dust of the desert.

According to Cairo Scene, the tribe never dumped their tradition of allowing men to wear veil instead of women despite their adoption of Islam.

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In the case of divorce, the women get to keep all the tents and the animals as the man is chased out to return to his mother’s home with just a camel in his possession.

Women in the tribe are made richer if they decide to end their marriage. Photo source: CairoScene/Defense Post

Women in the tribe are made richer if they decide to end their marriage. Photo source: CairoScene/Defense Post
Source: UGC

Also, whenever the women divorce their husbands, their mothers will throw them a party so that other men can know they are now available for new relationships.

One of the things that is beautiful about the tribe is that they have dignity and a Tuareg will never ask for things like water if they are not offered.

It should be noted that the Tuareg has greatly moved across the Sahara over 1000 years and have made alliance with Islamic group in the bid to seek for their independence.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported the story of Bijagos Archipelago, a community in Guinea Bissau, which is a counter-narrative to popular societies where most things are controlled by the men.

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In this society, women get to choose their own husbands, as well as control the law, economy, welfare, and spirituality. Bijagos is even guided by female priests.

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The people of the society are most known for hunting and their peculiar canoes that could carry 70 people each at a go.

The Bijagos have also had their fair share of colonialism as reports said that they were under forced labor by both the Portuguese and British in the first half of the 20th century.

The population of the society is pinned at about 25,000 where most of them are animists. Because of their bio-wealth, UNESCO identified it as a biosphere in 1996.

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