Documentation and Description of Libido People Traditional Ceremonies: Marriage and Conflict Resolution

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Addis Ababa University


Documentation is a field of linguistics, which is vital for safeguarding, reminding the past, source of data and has contribution for revitalization of languages as well as culture. Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State contains a huge variety of ethnic groups- as many as 56 different groups with their own distinct languages, cultures, beliefs, traditions, rituals, and social identities living together. The people of Libido are one of the 56 Nations, Nationalities and Peoples in- habiting the SNNPR and are among the ethnic group that have their own culture and language. Among their culture of the Libido people, the researcher focuses on the areas: Traditional Marriage and Traditional Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in the ethnic group. In Libido there are seven types of traditional marriage systems. Among these types, Ladiisha is characterized by the involvement and agreement of parents which is also has more comprehensive/systematized procedures. Most of the time, the people follows their ancestor’s cultural way of implementations. But there are conditions that they don’t follow the whole steps. That means they either jump some steps or implement more than one occasions together. Even when they go through the traditional procedures, there are so many modifications, like: dressing, foods and drinks, songs and dances are among the cultural elements that are highly modified. As data show, religion and urbanization have an influence on the previous traditional marriage system in the community. Gudda is the well known traditional conflict resolution mechanism to resolve conflicts beside the judicial law in Libido and the community around. The people of Libido and the neighboring communities have high prestige for this traditional conflict resolution mechanism and they use with it without any hesitation. This mechanism still works strongly with state judicial bodies, side by side. To human mind cultural symbols are cultural representations. Every culture has its own set of symbols associated with different ethnic group experiences. These symbolic systems that people use to capture and communicate their experiences form is the basses of shared cultures. So, symbolism is a guidelines which both explicit or implicit in which individuals of the community inherit as members of a particular society, and which tells them how to view the world and how to experience it .This research work includes only the highlights of the Grammatical Sketch of Libixxiso language. The last chapter consists of seven main conclusion points and six recommended ideas. A glossary of approximately 100 words is attached to the main work to facilitate the situation for the reader. References and different appendixes also attached.



Documentation is a field of linguistics, which is vital for safeguarding