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Traditional Tobelorese weddings are among the most colorful in
Maluku – I had the luck to attend one on an off-shore island. Among the
Tobelorese, Christians also follow traditions during their wedding
ceremonies, and stick to traditional music and dance instead of modern
stuff. This wedding was also a Christian one, so women also behaved
more uninhibitedly during the informal
Well before the actual ceremony started in the evening, people
started. playing music and dancing joyously. Here a few adventurous
women are having fun trying to perform the cakalele dance, normally
done by men. It caused great laughter!
The entire wedding was accompanied by traditional Tobelorese music, played with gongs and drums.
In the evening, the young bride was escorted to the groom’s house by
female relatives. She was dressed in traditional finery, as were the
other women, who kept playing on small drums while walking with her.