The Tribe where girls marry the man that literally falls for them
Guajiro Tribe is a semi-nomadic Indian group that resides in Venezuela and in the northeastern regions of Colombia. Though their origin is uncertain, they’ve been around for hundreds of years. The tribe lives in the drylands and coastal parts of the Guajira peninsula — which is divided by the Colombia-Venezuela border. The people are known to have a habit of roaming in and out of both Colombia and Venezuela and have over time gained the respect and acceptance of both countries — who made them citizens of their respective countries.
The Guajiro people are a division of clans. Each of these clans is formed by several family groups headed by men who are recognized as princes. They each have specific animal symbols that represent their respective values which the members identify with. As for religion, the Guajiro people are mostly Catholics but there are also those who are still involved in traditional practices.
The Guajiro rites of passage begin at infancy as all infants are to be baptized into the Catholic church after which a private Guajiro naming ceremony is organized for the infants. The name of the child is required to come from the I mother and is to be kept only amongst the maternal family members. When the child matures to the pubertal stage, the girls are taken away to a separate place to undergo some training — such as skill acquisition training.
It is believed that this training help to prepare them for life as wives and mothers. Throughout the months of training, they are also made to drink a specific herbal tea that is believed to help get rid of their childish personalities — make them act more maturely.
At the end of the training period, a coming-out ceremony is organized in honor of the girls to celebrate their rebirth into adulthood. During the ceremony, a special fertility dance called the Chichimaya is performed to usher them into their new roles as eligible singles ladies.
The dance ritual is usually performed at sunset by both young boys and girls looking to find suitable partners. During the dance, the boy is expected to take off his hat and wave it at the girl daring her to catch him while he dodges her by dancing backward in a circle. The girl is then expected to catch him by chasing him around and trying to step on his feet so he would trip and fall to the ground. If she succeeds in causing him to lose balance and fall to the ground, she wins. The two are then expected to have sexual intercourse and get married.
Being a matrilineal society, with the role of the woman being considered of great importance as well as the role of the maternal uncles and aunts, the Guajiro people are known to go all out with their marriage ceremonies. As girls are deemed quite expensive. So if a guy wishes to marry, his family would be required to present huge amounts of bride price and gifts.
From the look of things, the Guajiro tribe have very high regard for both catholicism and their tradition and are quite proud of their culture