The Kurya tribe, a cattle-herding community of roughly 700,000 in the country’s north, practise a form of traditional same-sex marriage known as nyumba ntobhu – ‘House of Women.’
The unions allow for women to live together, raise families together and share a bed – though their relationships are not sexual in nature.
“Most Western enthusiasts came to find that nyumba ntobhu, which is translated as ‘woman marrying woman’, is quite different from West’s lesbianism, which together with gay marriage, have been hotly disputed in Africa,” Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen reported.
The marriages are often between an older woman and a younger woman, and are popular because they allow women to escape a range of sexist practices still occurring in Tanzania and across the African continent."
Read article by Ben Winsor from SBS.