Greetings + Love to the I Ra Neter and the I Wife.
I do not have a lot of information about African weddings, so hopefully some of the Idren in Mamaland can give more ideas.
What I want to mention is along the lines of a legal certificate of marriage.
Personally, I can see why Iyah Garveys Africa would leave it open to future decision making, but it seems like more of a danger and a trap to I. I was reading an article a while ago and although it is not coming from RasTafarI perspective, this individual outlines some logical reasons to avoid state paperwork regarding the marriage:
Whereas, “license” means permission to do that which would otherwise be illegal’; and,
Whereas, it is not otherwise illegal to be married under the law; and,
Whereas, the only other reason it would be unlawful for two consenting adults to be married is if they ware otherwise incompetent;
Therefore, if a couple goes to “the state” and asks for the state a license, where there is no other reason for them to need a license other than incompetence, in law, those requesting a license must be incompetent because that is the only reason they could possibly need a license.
Now, one must ask, “When a bride and groom are incompetent to be married without a state license and that state grants that license, Who is responsible for the marriage?”
Answer: The grantor, the state.
Who is responsible for anything created in such a license marriage?
Answer: The grantor, the state.
And, what, typically, is the only thing “created” in such a marriage?
So I ask you, “Who do the children created in a state license marriage belong to?”
Answer: They belong to the state.
Believe it, or not. Just check out the evidence:
Evidence #1 --- The state social services stand their authority on a doctrine called “Parens Patria” which is Latin for “parent by the country”. In modern usage parens patria is understood to mean “the state is the parent” [if you’d like to see an in depth WARN report on this doctrine let us know].
Evidence #2 --- When U.S. doctors deliver chidren from the womb they are required to create a document known as a: Record of Live Birth.
Is it given to you? No.
You’re given a: Birth Certificate.
So what happens to the Record of Live Birth?
It’s sent to the, “BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS”.
And what is that?
It is a subdepartment of the “DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE”.
And, what is the, “DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE”.
It is where the U.S. keeps track of its possessions.
This evidence indicated that the state is declaring the children as their possession at birth.
Evidence #3 --- New statutes require hospitals to assign Social Security Numbers to each child before birth, or without the natural parents signature or permission. (read “Independence Day” in this issue)
Evidence #4 --- Why are each of the childbirth performing hospitals in the U.S. registered as “Ports of Entry” into the U.S. when virtually none of them have incoming foreigners?
Evidence #5 --- Birth records and Census reports are used as collateral for U.S. loans and as proof of the subservient nature of the people under control of the U.S. government.
It’s proof of the war.
It’s fulfillment of Biblical prophesy.
And, if we don’t do something to change things we’ll have no promise from the King of Kings (other than judgment).
First we learn what happened.
In times past, there were no licenses of marriage except in cases where it was unlawful to otherwise marry.
For example, Biblical Law forbids the intermarriage of races, so, the statutes of this nation (which were based on Biblical law) prohibited marriage between persons of different races. If a white person wanted to marry a black or an Indian they were, by statute, required to get a license.
Marriage records were kept in family Bibles, then in the County Clerk and Recorder’s offices. Statutes were created to allow anyone desiring a license to obtain one. Churches were used to assist in getting people to use marriage licenses as a manner or recording marriages. Over time people began to believe the licenses were required by law, even though they were otherwise incompetent.
Now, remember, the promise given to Israel, was that if we maintain our stewardship, we’ll inherit the earth.
Our stewardship starts with our families. Isn’t it ironic that the document typically used to being a marriage is the same document used by the corporate state to remove our children from us? And nobody ever even warned us, because government employees were just doing their jobs.
Whenever we discover we’ve erred, we can repent. The error was asking the state of a marriage license.
Repenting includes fixing the damage.
Some people would tell you that to remove the marriage license you have to revoke or rescind your signature from the request for the license.
However, as a matter of law, revoking or rescinding a signature admits that you signed it in the first place.
What if you never signed the request for license? Then there would be no license in existence.
In contract law there is no signature if full disclosure is not given with presentation of the agreement.
In the case of the marriage license, if you used one, you were likely not informed that:
1. The grantor of the license is a privately owned corporation;
2. licensing with them wasn’t necessary for you to be married;
3. If you request a license from them you were declaring yourself incompetent; and,
4. You were signing over possession of your future children to them as collateral.
Therefore, if 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 above are true in your case then the contracting license is void, without signature from the beginning.
There is more of the article here.
Personally, I am not concerned with a ceremony; I would be blessed if the man just say "we are One, we will always be One," and then his works show this to be true. I&I militant in this Iwah, I just dont feel the time and money spent planning a huge party is serving the best purposes it could if focused on JAH works. At the same time, bringing friends and families together to selahbrate the Inity is a beautiful thing, if that is what the I's want to do, I am sure it will be a joyous occasion, and there are ways to keep the event humble.
I am curious about the I's views on wedding rings. Would the I's handcarve wood? Buy a gold ring? None of debiers diamonds I hope... And what are the African traditions regarding a symbol of being married? For a man? For a womban?
I remember in Kenya, the young Maasai womban who wore the headdresses with beads and nose rings were said to be engaged to be married, at least that was the explanation that I recieved:
I am wondering if the I's know of and can share any customs like this, or more fully explain this one?
In everything the I's decide, I wish the I's all health, wealth, and joy, and more+more Life to come fruitfully from the marriage.
Blessed Love! Menen I + Selahsie I