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Wedding, Baan Natang Village

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Wedding, Baan Natang Village


This photo was taken at a wedding in Baan Natang village between a local Thai-Khmer woman and a Lao man from Roi Et Province. The wedding was conducted according to Khmer practices, with the rap wai (รับไหว้) ritual as an essential element. During the rap wai, the bride offers many pieces of silk to the groom’s family, and the groom’s family reciprocates by giving money to the bride’s family. Today, many ethnic Khmer families in Surin still observe this tradition. Read more about rap wai in “On the Body and Beyond.”