Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 390


Changes in marriage practices among the Bafumbira of Western Uganda

TUMWINE Fredick Ruguma
  • TUMWINE Fredick Ruguma
  • Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University.
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  •  Received: 12 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 13 January 2015
  •  Published: 28 February 2015


This paper examines changes in marriage practices of the Bafumbira, an ethnic group in Western Uganda.  The paper uses data obtained from primary data that included focus group discussions (FGDs) in Kisoro District and Kampala City and compliments it with secondary data. It shows that some marriage practices threatened by modernization through formal education, migration and urbanization are still very relevant to the society. These include: “pulling”; parents’ involvement in choosing marriage partners; abstinence before marriage; using traditional items in payment of bride price and rare divorce rates. The paper also recommends that practices like early marriage and polygamy be discouraged.

Key words: Bafumbira, urbanization, formal education, modernization, migration, marriage practices.