I CAN STEAL YOUR WIFE; The Yearly Gerewol CelebrationJul 10, 2022 12:00PM ● By Minna Davies
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In the tribe, sexual relationships between women and men are completely permissible prior to marriage, and marriages are arranged during childhood.
The men of the tribe participate in a beauty pageant-style event and wear extravagant costumes during the yearly Gerewol celebration. Guys dress up for the event in an effort to win over the wives of other men. The men prepare and get ready for the celebration for six hours beforehand so they can dance and flaunt their skills.
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The culture holds that the whiteness of the eye, the firm, straight bridge of the nose, and the whiteness of the teeth are indicators of beauty. Therefore, the purpose of the makeup is to emphasize these features. They use red clay to paint their faces, eyeliners to make their eyes look whiter, and lipstick that will also whiten their teeth. Additionally, they have white ostrich feathers in their hair that make them look taller.
Three of the tribe's most attractive women are selected to evaluate as the males perform a circle-dancing dance as part of the celebration. Other ladies who are already married to other men look up to the guys they want to be their second husbands. If a guy manages to take a woman without being discovered, he is instantly recognized as her husband and the union is recognized.
Due to the polygamous nature of the tribe, wife theft is largely acceptable. Despite this, some men forbid their wives from taking part in the celebration out of concern that they would be taken.
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