Lovedu Marriage Exchanges
Lobola Payments and Cross Cousin Marriage
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A and B are cattle linked siblings.
When B gets married, her brother (A) receives lobola cattle from
her husband (C).
He then uses this payment to marry F.
In return, he must marry off his daughter (D) according to his sister's
demands, normally to her son (E) or to her husband (C).
Other sets of cattle linked siblings will follow the same rule.
This arrangement is a variant of a matrilateral cross cousin marriage
system, where a group of lineages are bound together in a circle through
exchange of women, but in this case there is a counter flow of cattle.