I interrupt my recaps to bring you the news that within the *great* tradition of bride prices, apparently I am worth 150 pigs. Let me back up a little. You know how Mr E and I both grew up in West Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia? Pretend you remember that for this post anyway. In most Melanesian cultures (such as those of Papua), it is still commonplace for a prospective groom and his family to pay the bride’s family in pigs for her. Now, everyone who knows me knows that I lean more than a little to the feminist side of the spectrum, so during my dad’s speech on our wedding day, he couldn’t resist playing a joke on me by asking Mr E how many pigs he could pay.
On a spur of the moment, Mr E said 150. And little did I know, but the story didn’t stop there!
Wooden Piggy Circle
Wooden Piggy Line-Up
The other day, my new in laws sent a “first installment” of 9 tiny wooden pigs to my parents. They plan to make it a running joke for the next decade or so, culminating with a real live pig for my family to take to the Papuan village where I spent much of my childhood.
Maybe one like this? So cute! (found here)
Sometimes you just have to laugh. I have to admit, it was kind of fun sneaking a little bit of our Melanesian upbringing into our wedding, even if it was tongue-in-cheek.
Are there any *outdated* marriage traditions from your cultural background that you have found interesting to learn about?
*All pics personal unless otherwise noted