Arong


My brother Bill Tui and his wife Dinah sit on the traditional marriage bed of 'arong', or woven mats, while being honored with baby powder, perfume, and flowers on their wedding day.  Paama marriage ceremonies are known throughout Vanuatu for their arong tradition, which is typically preceded by the men from the woman's family dancing and singing around the bride-to-be while the groom and his brothers attempt to steel her away from the human fortress - a fun and extremely difficult task as her family will block any advances with force.



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