In West Sumatra, a bride with her maids awaits the groom for their wedding procession through town. Dancers from the bride’s family, balancing white bowls on their heads, will lead the couple in. These bowls are filled with food for a great feast in the longhouse of the groom’s family. Minangkabau custom blends Islamic law with earlier traditions or adat. After the wedding, the husband will live in his wife’s house, and their property will pass to their daughters. Because of this, some men today marry outside of the community.
– Charles Eilers ©2013 | PCV Nigeria and Ethiopia 1966–1969 | Teaching Training