Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10. Welcoming the Groom

"Come into my parlour", said the spider to the fly...
After the ceremonial cutting of the plantain stumps, the bride's family offers a traditional welcome to the groom. A young girl washes the feet of the groom and his 'bojakaara' with water. (The groom is trying to organize a foot massage at that same time, while the bride is coaching her young niece to demand money and lots of it for pedicure services).
The bride's family then showers him with blessings by sprinkling rice (or hurling rocks) on his head as he enters the bride's house. He and his 'bojakaara' are then led to the central hall of the house and are seated there.

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