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African Wedding

By Zilba
The grooms father, with the blue beaded headgear, leads the wedding couple round the in-laws homestead a couple of times, first in Traditional white wedding dress, then in Traditional gear as above and finally as a way to introduce the couple to eveyone.

The bride leaves her family home and this is now her now home, she can visit her parents but can't really stay there.

THe sad thing about these amazing traditional ceremonies is that this couple's grand children will in all probability not have these ceremonies when they get married, as htese wonderful custom fade or become westernised, so much of this wonderful nations culture get lost, which is really sad.

Tags: Photo journalism General Africa Outdoors South africa Traditional Portraits and people Weding Eastern cape Bazil raubach

Voters: morpheus1955, Lillian, PhillipMinnis

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Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 1:13PM
Groom looking very serious here with the 'baton'?
such a colourful series so beautifully captured

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Zilba 8 4 South Africa
5 Oct 2012 1:22PM
He doesn't he?

Lillian, they has less than 3 hours sleep after a week of prep, the Saturday after a marathon wedding they hasd to pack up all the brides prersents and goods from her ancestorial home and transport to his families home which is now her home, unpack and have her place settled before the Sunday traditional wedding could go ahead.

They went to bed at 3M, by 6am, they were preapring for the days festivities. This was taken in the afternoon so they were pretty tuckered out.

The baton is called a 'knobkerrie": A short club with one knobbed end, used as a weapon by warriors of certain South African peoples.

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