Tolai bride and her "bride price" in  "tambu" - shell money

100_5070 Brkde price in shell money

"Bride price" is a traditional that is incorporated into almost all Papua New Guinea cultures -- but its practice varies widely. Among the Tolai, the people in the Rabaul/Kokopo area, local government councils have capped the payment from the groom's family to the bride's family at between 400 and 600 fathoms (pram) of tambu (shell money) -- and insist that only this traditional money should be used in the marriage settlement. 100_5070


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