Siandi’s mother passed away while giving birth to her.
Siandi’s step mother couldn’t have children and her father needed a male child, an heir who would retain the family name and possessions when he’s no more.
In his desperation, he arranged for a man who defiled his daughter and put her in a family way.
Siandi took in at seventeen.
His father was happy and waited eagerly for the boy. But while giving birth to a female child, Siandi gave up the ghost.
In most cultures, Male and female child can be an heir while in few cultures a Male child alone is regarded as the heir. Female child is married off to have no right over her father’s inheritance.
In such culture, a woman without a male child is regarded as a stranger in her husband’s home and has no right over the husband’s properties once he is passed.
Some powerful women have fought against this bad tradition. But it stands as I punch my keys. Nothing much could be done to put it to an end.
I know of a woman who got nine female children but ouldnan’t stop having children because she must have a male child.
If only this tradition could be wiped off…
Why even bother about the name retaining or who takes the inheritance after when people don’t know what happens when they’re gone?
I whouldn’t care!
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