April 29, 2020
On the journey through Sumatra we were invited to a wedding. A Minangkabau wedding in a small jungle village near Pariaman, a city on the coast. The evening before the groom and his guests met, they celebrated traditional customs, ate Indonesian delicacies and a live band played. The men were smoking and playing cards. The women dancing and chatting. The bride was not present that evening.
The wedding ceremony took place the next day. The groom in one group, the bride in the other. One stood opposite each other, far apart. Between the future spouses: drummers and two groups of Shilak dancers. Shilak is a dancing martial art of the Minangkabau. These two groups – that of the groom, his drummers and fighters and that of the bride, with her followers, drummers and fighters – slowly approached each other. At the end of this happening, a dance fight took place before the couple finally came together.