|Dinka Traditional Way of Engagement 2004
by Atem Benjamin
2007 • 009
Acrylic on Canvas.
36 x 24.7 inches / 91 x 63 cm
Lent by the Sudanese Education Fund
Before we left our home, this was the way
a young man and a young woman got to know one another. It is the
beginning of the courtship. Western culture would call it dating. The
guy who came to see the girl lives in the cattle camp and has a lot of
cows. The courtship involved families. If you don’t meet the
requirements of the girl’s family, you don’t get the girl. This is the
beginning of who I am as a Dinka, the process of making courtship in my
culture. The next Dinka generation will not practice this tradition as
people are moving away from it. It will remain a memory.
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