Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Begging for the bride

In traditional Yoruba weddings, the groom and his friends "beg" for a wife from the parents of the bride. In this photo, the groom (in green agbada) prostrates before his wife's family in a manner asking for their endorsement as he's found a "lovely flower in their backyard" that he wants to pluck.
He is later accepted into the family after paying his way through supported by his friends all the way. The bride is then led into the hall where she goes through the process of meeting her parents for prayers before she heads into the new family of her husband.

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