Finding the right partner can happen in any place. We have seen couples meeting in prison cell , at orgies and even at some of the worst places in the world. Yet, the end of the story is love and happiness. In Africa, there are tons of mating rituals that may drive a foreigner literally in sane. If you want to experience a bizarre mating ritual, you can visit the beautiful and exotic country of Mauritania.
In the world most have erroneously believed that beauty is assessed the same all over the world. In Western world or even in movies, we tend to see beautiful women as slim and petite. However, if you are coming to Mauritania, the reverse is the case. If you are a slim woman coming to Mauritania, it may shock you to know that the fatter you are, the more attractive you would become.
When women get to marriageable age, they are forced fed at what they called fat farms especially in the rural areas. Fat is perceived as wealth and attractiveness. It is not only women who are rated this way but the man too. The body size of a woman defines a lot of parameters in ranking women.
What happens to women who are slim? They are taken by the older women to a place where they are forced fed with couscous and gallons of milk until they grow and look prettier. In extreme cases, some of these women are beaten up if they can’t take in more food.
Today, the government is struggling to ensure that this practice is eradicated by the use of obesity awareness programs. The propaganda of becoming slim has been added to ensure that women love their slim bodies. The popular agony of kidnapping a woman to be force fed is gradually giving way to better lifestyle for these women who are ready for marriage.
One of the most effective methods that have started yielding results is the use of Western Soap Operas that publicly make you see beauty in slim women. The traditional belief is always difficult to eradicate but with time and proper awareness program, we are sure that in years to come, slimness will be appreciated when it comes to getting married.
It is not only in Mauritania that we experience this type of treatment on women. Some tribes have their bizarre mating rituals. While the government may be struggling to ensure that these customs are quickly buried as development embraces the continent, it has not stopped traditionalists from spreading the custom to the next generation.
Do you know of a bizarre mating ritual like this? Over the years, some of these rituals have met their waterloo while majority are practiced openly. Do you think that Africa will ever let go of all her bizarre rituals for civilization to have its course? It is time that would tell. However, if you are interesting in seeing some of these bizarre mating rituals, come over to Africa and have a great time.