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Photographer: Gary Morgan

Chakola

 

Chakola means “I have had enough”. It is the voice of the aggrieved wife, whose husband took her to his village, rather than his moving to hers. The latter practice is normal in Chewa society. Although this means the husband is forced to accept a lower status in his wife’s home, the ancestors’ advice is that this is better than the mistreatment she may receive if she moves to his village.