Customs such as marriage by abduction and forced unions between cousins () perpetuate the practice.
In addition, 80% of Ethiopian women have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting, and more than half of these circumcisions occur before a girl’s first birthday – revealing ingrained patriarchal ideals of sexuality and the role of girls and women as primarily mothers and wives.
An Eritrean woman wearing a head wrap The kesherah consists of one or two cords painted white for the purity of the groom and red for the bride's virginity.
The kesherah is placed at the groom's feet by the cahenet, he pulls the kesherah up from the groom's feet all the way up to his head and then ties it around his forehead.
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