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Title:A critical evaluation of the role of 'bohali' in a Sesotho marriage
Author:Mosito, Kananelo E.ISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Law Journal: A Journal of Law and Development
Geographic term:Lesotho
customary law
family law
Abstract:'Bohali' is an essential element of Sotho customary law marriage (Lesotho). However, the various conceptions of 'bohali' have given rise to the institution being given different names, such as dowry, bride price, child price, or bride wealth, which are thought to reflect its role. The present author concludes that 'bohali' is neither bride price nor bride wealth nor dowry. He then discusses 'bohali' as a medium of publicity and means of strengthening family bonds, as a compensatory payment to the bride's parents, as determining rights in respect of children, as tending to discourage divorce, as a reminder of traditional culture, as a validation of marriage, and as a thanksgiving. He concludes that 'bohali' is a multipurpose institution. The preference given to a particular role will depend on individual value judgements, with the author himself emphasizing the roles of thanksgiving and validation. Notes, ref.