Bijagos Archipelago: Society where women are allowed to pick their husbands


A society in Guinea Bissau called Bijagos Archipelago is reportedly a place where women control all affairs of governance

Known for hunting, women in the society are allowed to choose their husbands as men dress to attract the opposite gender

The community is also led by female priests as against male spiritual leaders as is obtainable in most traditional African worlds

The story of Bijagos Archipelago, a community in Guinea Bissau, is a counter-narrative to popular societies where most things are controlled by the men.

In this society, according to the Sacred Land Film Project, the women get to choose their own husbands, as well as control the law, economy, welfare, and spirituality. Bijagos is even guided by female priests.

The people of the society are most known for hunting and their peculiar canoes that could carry 70 people each at a go.

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The Bijagos have also had their fair share of colonialism as reports said that they were under forced labor by both the Portuguese and British in the first half of the 20th century.

The population of the society is pinned at about 25,000 where most of them are animists. Because of their bio-wealth, UNESCO identified it as a biosphere in 1996.

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