ETHNONYMS: Gao borey, Kado, Kwaara borey, Songhoi, Songhrai

Marriage and Family

Polygyny is highly valued among the Songhay, as it is among the Zarma, but the great percentage of Songhay households are monogamous—primarily for economic reasons. Among Songhay nobles, firstborn sons are pressured to marry their parallel cousins (father's brother's daughters), in order to maintain the purity of the noble lineage.

See also Zarma


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i realy like the history that i read. songhay is very big i think those people do not go to somany place in songhat to find out sometings eals there is not only the clooses place was haveing histry and ikon that cannot loketd easly must be goin from villages to villages and ask them ?

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