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Spear and Sword: A Payment of Bridewealth on the Island of Roti

Spear and Sword: a Payment of Bridewealth on the Island of Roti. © T Asch

Series Indonesia Series, ANU, DVD 3
Director James J. Fox, Timothy Asch, Patsy Asch
Country/Production Australia
Release 1988
Length 22 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Indonesia, Roti / Asia
Ethnic Group Rotinese
Collection Asch
University Australian National University

Order No RAI-200.238B
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The film begins as the groom’s side gathers the animals and money for a bridewealth payment, and discusses problems that might arise in negotiating the exchange. In ritual silence, they walk to the bride’s family house, where discussions proceed, interspersing ritual forms with lively conversation. When agreement is reached, drinking and feasting begin and a chanter recounts the origin of the first bridewealth payment.

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