White Wedding in Itsoseng #8: The Community

jplund

2015-01-16 prep in back3 The day before the wedding, preparing vegetables behind the Molale home.

There was a lot of work to do.  They were fixing a feast for hundreds, prepared not by hired professionals but by their extended family, friends, and neighbors.  And, of course, all these helpers also had to be fed.

As the week progressed, more and more relatives and neighbors gathered around the Molale home.  Whenever a new group arrived, they new would honk their horns, sometimes rev their engines, and everyone would stop whatever they were doing and greet them with singing and dancing.  At times, I started to feel that it was getting a little repetitious.  Of course, to the person who just got there, it wasn’t a repetition at all, and people wanted the new arrival to feel honored and appreciated. As Godfrey said to me, “This is how we celebrate.  Too many people.  Too much noise.”  For…

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