Documentation of the Wedding ceremony in Hadiyya

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of this study is to document the wedding ceremony III Hadiyya and the performances that are carried out during that ceremony including the use of the special language of married women and traditional wedding songs. For this, participant observation, interview and group discussion were used as data gathering devices. The informants were selected by purposive random sampling. There are five main types of marriage in Hadiyya: gosano 'abduction', herancha 'elopement', illigana 'twinkly showing agreement' , lago ' levirate', and ladissha 'marriage by the agreement of the couple and their families '. Only the latter includes all the processes from betrothal to wedding ceremony. As the study shows wedding ceremony and marriage practices in Hadiyya are interrelated to other Highland East Cushitic family such as Kambaata, Sidaama, etc. In addition their custom shares some features of Lowland Cushitic family, e.g. Oromo. The role of community elders is very crucial in the wedding ceremony. The songs which are sung during the ceremony have their own meaning to express the feelings of the people involved. The study has shown that the wedding and cultural practices which related to marriage highly endangered. These wedding ceremony and cultural practices related to marriage are highly endangered. Therefore, wedding ceremony among the Hadiyya is a ritual that should be further studied and documented to transmit it to coming generations.



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