Culture of Somaliland

Culture Of Somaliland

Culture of Somaliland

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The culture of Somaliland encompasses a wide range of Somali activity and Islamic structures that give Somaliland a rich cultural and historical heritage. Nomadic and Arab Islamic cultural significance have also played a key role in Somaliland's cultural history.

Clan system and marriage

There are approximately 3.5 million people in Somaliland. Somali society is organized into clan families, which range from 5,000 to more than 50,000 in size. The major clan family in Somaliland is the Isaaq. There are also a number of other prominent clan families. They are the Gudarbirsi sub-group of the Dir clan and the other clan family is the Dulbahante and Warsangeli - sub-Clans of Harti - a sub-group of the Darod clan system (Darod is the largest Somali clan). The Gadabuursi mostly reside in the Awdal region of Somaliland, the Isaaqs live in three regions: the Wooqoyi Galbeed, Togdheer and parts of the Sanaag regions. While the Darod prominently reside in the Sool, Cayn and Sanaag regions. The clan families is divided into lineage units, typically ranging from 2,500 to 10,000 members. It is possible for Somalis to know how they are related simply by giving their name and clan membership.

Arranged marriages are common, and Somalis practice endogamy. In the case of arranged marriages, brides are usually much younger than the grooms. Marriage to a cousin from the mother's side of the family (of a different lineage) is traditionally favored to strengthen family alliance, but this...
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