Exploring ethnic Cham wedding rituals in Vietnam
Members of Cham Ba Ni, a subgroup of Cham ethnic people, mostly reside in the province’s Bac Binh District.
Their long-cherished cultural legacy is manifest in their dialect, architecture, sculpture and folk art.
Their unique nuptial rituals, which are rich in religious elements, are also part of the heritage.
Couples and their families traditionally go through several steps including the dating rite and engagement ceremony before proceeding with the conjugal ceremonial, which can be held anytime within four months following the engagement.
Like several other ethnic minority communities, Cham people follow matriarchy – a social organizational form in which a relationship is determined through the female line.
As a result, the ceremony is typically held at the bride’s home, where a tent called Kajang likhah is erected and solemn rites are performed.
Intriguingly, newly-weds are banned from having sex until three days after the wedding.
Below are a series of photos by Ngo Quang Phuc showing a wedding ceremony of Cham people in Binh Thuan.
These photos were one of the entries to (Youth) newspaper's year-long competition themed “Vietnam – Country – People" concluding in October last year.
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