How there take place weddings at the different people? Part 2
So, we continue consideration of wedding traditions of the different people and different times.
Inhabitants of the Polynesian Samoa Islands are seamen, skillful fishermen and brave soldiers therefore courage was and there is the major quality to Samoa.
There ask in marriage usually during a holiday. The young man in a full fighting attire approaches group of girls and begins military dance. He steps on the imagined enemy, swinging a hand as though the fighting bludgeon is clamped in it, throws a spear... Potential brides do not take eyes from the young man. But the choice is carried out not at once. The young man begins to sing, and his friends, having surrounded with a close ring, chorus to it sing along. During chant there is also a choice of the bride. That which was chosen should be confused and revolted with infringement of its freedom. The young man tries to enter the darling into a dancing circle, but she, following rules of a good form, resists: beats him, pulls hair, rests, however, not too. And again dance - a pantomime begins. The young man passionately swears love, the girl at first is mistrustful, then gradually begins to treat his oaths more favourably.
the next evening the young man and the girl meet already alone. With parents, as a rule, conversation already took place. If those not against marriage, it is possible to begin preparation for a wedding. And if not, then the groom can steal the darling.
And then seniors get savage. They swear that will never forgive to oslushniyets. Fellows villager also show discontent. Also promise to punish the girl. But further threats business does not go as it is part of ritual. Through some period parents send to the daughter a white mat. It is a forgiveness sign. Fugitives come back, solemnly accept them, and negotiations on repayment for the bride - a true sign of the fact that a wedding not far off begin.
A little differently wedding ceremonies passed at Indians of the American prairies. Before thinking of a marriage, the young man had to cover himself with fighting glory, bring many trophies and steal many horses at the neighboring tribes. The girl improved the economic talents meanwhile. And only after the groom reached perfection in military science, and the bride became the beautiful hostess, messengers of the groom came to be a suitor for the hand the girl. Having arrived with gifts to the house of the bride, future groom sat down at doors and, most often, sat so not one days, showing patience and endurance. Members of a family with which he wanted to become related all this time in every possible way wore it, sometimes sent with some assignment, and then again began to abuse and offend. When, at last, the offer was accepted, the bargaining from - for payments for the bride then celebrations began was arranged.
At Afro-Americans of the past too very unusual weddings. Any Mendelssohn and string quartets! Traditional African weddings are followed by drums sounds and national tools (something like guitars). The dancing movements traditional for inhabitants of Africa symbolize connection of the husband and wife, and also their families. There is a ceremony during which hosts pray to ancestors, asking them about protection and prosperity what guests answer with chorus “ Aye “ what in Swahili means “ Let it be! “. After that on all floor the consecrated water spreads. Evil spirits which could get on a ceremony hold on a threshold, fumigating them with a smoke of special plants.
In Kenya to the bride paint hands and nails with ritual patterns it is black - red color; paint keeps the whole year, symbolizing the new status of the woman.
The Africans who are taken away in slavery to the United States as could asserted the right for the national wedding rituals. So, for example, Afro-Americans brought to the USA tradition by which the bride and the groom during a ceremony had to jump through the broom, declaring thereby the union. The broom at many people of Africa symbolized the beginning of creation by newlyweds of the home. The tribe of Kgatla in South Africa had a custom according to which the bride after a wedding had to help other women of a family sweep out next day clean a courtyard. It as if showed these the readiness to help them with household chores in the new house, will not get own yet. This ritual, hard for a female, is still observed by many black couples as part of a ceremony of marriage to this day.