Traditional Marriage Rites of Tarok people in Plateau State

The traditional marriage rites of Tarok people is uniquely different, colourful richly blessed with exotic food and music. it may interest to know that the Tarok people of Plateau state are mostly farmers, and they speaks iTárók. They are found mainly in Langtang-North, Langtang-South, Wase, Mikang and Kanke Local Government Area (LGAs) of Plateau state in central Nigeria.

Tarok traditional marriage process starts when a man finds a lady he likes, proposes to her, if she accepts, then they begin their courtship. When both parties agreed to marry each other – the next step is the man (groom) visiting the girl’s parent to make his intention known to them. 
The girl (bride) informs her mother about the development. The mother is in charge to discuss the issue with the bride’s father and/or elders in the family. She will also through the help of a delegate go ahead to investigate the groom and his family for any questionable characters. If satisfied with the out come a date is fixed for both families to meet and for the Traditional wedding rite.

On this day the groom and few members of his family visit the bride to be and her parent; they officially introduce their selves to in-law and the marriage plan towards their daughter. Prior to this day a list of items need must have handed over to them – this list differs from community to community. See list for tarok introduction ceremony here

The process for tarok traditional marriage rite becomes visible after the groom as mandated by tradition to undergo a farming labour for his mother and father-in-law in their respectively farm, the friends of the groom give a  helping hand to ease his stress. The importance of this act is to know if the groom can be able to take care of the bride when she is finally handed other to him. Its unfortunate that this tradition is no more adhere to rather some amount of money is paid by the groom to represent the farming he should have done.


To get the full bride-price list of Tarok people please call the number underneath

Please note that this list is subject to changes depending on the family and community you want to marry from. It is important to know that some family prefers cash after estimating the cost of all these items.Therefore, negotiation is allowed. best of luck.

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