Babaka Bride Price by bobfoto

Babaka Bride Price

So the father of the bride is giving his speech in response to all the donations offered which together make up the bride price for this worthy mother and now wife. In her matrilineal culture, a man does not purchase a wife, because she has all the land and all the value, but she married a man from a different region of Papua New Guinea and today he finally has to prove that his woman is worth it. So some cash has been offered (inside the two purses around her neck) and some food, flour and rice and betelnut and of course a couple of pigs.

But she looks sad. Of course she is not happy because she is being adopted into a new family, she is sad because she will have to leave her old family. She now has value and as such is a commodity of her husband. Her four children proof that she is already a good wife and mother.

Photo taken 1 September 2007 at Babaka, Central province, PNG.
Nobody looks that pleased or enthusiastic! I expect it just part of life that they accept!
June 22nd, 2014  
Maybe sad because they all turned up in the same outfit?
June 22nd, 2014  
@maggiemae - it wasn't the celebration I expected.

@snackmaster - gold.
June 22nd, 2014  
@snackmaster Haha, Craig!
June 22nd, 2014  
I love the matching outfits. Shades of bridesmaids in fluffy pink but with more character
June 22nd, 2014  
Which one is the bride?
June 22nd, 2014  
May it all work out in the end.
June 22nd, 2014  
Does the same fabric worn by all indicate family ? She has value but by your description it raises the man's prestige. Something wrong with that! Not the usual happy wedding image we are used to seeing! wonderful capture though of such a different cultural experience.
June 22nd, 2014  
Learnd so much from that shot! Thanks for sharing JD! :)
June 22nd, 2014  
Super capture,lovely colourful dresses!! Great info!!
June 22nd, 2014  
Good shot. Thanks for all the info.
June 22nd, 2014  
great Pov Jason
June 23rd, 2014  
June 24th, 2014  
Wow, interesting story... I agree that no-one lookes very into it! And possibly Craig is right :D
June 25th, 2014  
@swilde - yeah not much chiffon gets worn over here.

@houdiniem - the lovely lady with the two purses around her neck.

@raininmyshoes - well they've had 4 kids together so they must already have a strong connection?

@grammyn - I think it is all down to how much material they can get.

@agentzuckerguss - you're welcome Katia.

@carolmw - Thanks Carol.

@chris17 - welcome.

@gerry - I think I was sitting down on the grass with the rest of the crowd.

@pittcj17 :D

@bella_ss - pity the blokes weren't in matching Hawaiian shirts?
June 26th, 2014  
@bobfoto I agree! I'm also impressed that you know what chiffon is!
June 26th, 2014  
@bella_ss - um... google is your friend?
June 27th, 2014  
It's definitely a different world. Yes, you'd expect at least one smile here- but not even the children are smiling! Maybe Dad's speech is what's causing the sour looks.
June 29th, 2014  
@olivetreeann - this was before he found my beers... okay, maybe he'd had one or two by this stage. I think he was told (and I was informed) that 4 was going to be his limit.
June 29th, 2014  
She looks thrilled.
July 13th, 2014  
@kjarn - perhaps she wanted another pig?
July 13th, 2014  
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