Everything You Need to Know about Moi Tribal Marriage

Moi tribal marriage

Moi people are indigenous people in Sorong who live on Sorong’s mainland, which includes Tambrauw Regency, Sorong City, and the boundary with South Sorong. They have a distinct culture and way of life.

Then what about the Moi tribal marriage? Find out the information below.

Proposition Process (Kamwafe)

Prior to completing the marriage, it should start with the proposition from the male family to the female family. This process is divided into 2;

Pre-Proposal Process: The male family comes to the female family’s house and holds a meeting there directly. After this, there is a brief discussion between the two parties. If they decide to marry, the male family will carry out the first proposal process; if the female family does not agree, the next process is not carried out.

First Proposition (Kamfawe Puduk): For bonding, the male family goes to the female family’s house or the other way around. The management of the first bond process is confidential and only available to the female’s parents.

Second Proposition Process (Kamfawe Plobok)

Both parties come to a mutually agreeable time and procedure for the traditional marriage ceremony’s peak (lagbala).

In this second bond, the list of assets from the women’s family has also been entered into the male family as a guide for calculating strength, from the woman’s side, especially regarding requests for assets.

Traditional Marriage (Lagibala)

Traditional Marriage Lagibala

A traditional marriage, also known as a lagibala, is the culmination of a traditional Moi wedding. Starting with the preparation of the treasure, the bride and groom, and even the consumption, the traditional wedding procession of the Moi tribe is arranged in such a way.

The order of the wedding procession is as follows:

Procession of Decorations Led by the Bride’s Family

The woman’s family gives her daughter wedding-related decorations at home;

Sleeping and rain mats, as well as water made from bamboo from the bride’s home country, are all part of the bride’s noken (Kwoklaman).

One or two bridesmaids also accompany the bride. Even though they were dressed in wedding attire, the decorated maids did not bring any attributes.

From the initial adornment of the bride and groom to the conclusion of the event’s highlight, these bridesmaids always sat next to them. The man’s family is obliged to pay for these ladies-in-waiting.

Bridal water will be water the lady’s family gathers from her homeland, filled in enhanced bamboo, and afterward covered with gisimlas leaves.

The cultural significance and values of bridal water indicate that a woman enters a man’s family and consumes and drinks on a man’s land.

However, the first meal will also be the water. The water that is brought is boiled using bamboo until it boils and afterward used to make Papeda which the male family quickly eats, that is a sign of the bride’s first banquet and a sign of affection.

Papeda Eating Procession

After the parade of smoking cigarettes starts again with eating papeda given by the lady’s family, as an indication of the main support of her significant other and family.

Dangkaban Planting Procession

The process of planting Dangkaban (a type of red ginger plants) is carried out after the assets are completely divided by the woman’s family. Dangkaban is planted in front or on the side of the men’s house. This procession is a symbol of female fertility.

The Procedure of Taking Apart the Bride’s Noken

The woman’s family watches as the bridal noken is removed in a procession at the man’s house. It is done within one to three months of the wedding.

  • Big Treasure

Payments for large treasures can be completed over a long time or years, 10-20 years later.

  • Pay Bones

Paying bones (pagu) is the last payment process that is carried out after the wife dies. The value of this process is usually the second binding after the pagu payment. Descendants from the male side may take another woman from the same family or clan.

This is the Moi tribal marriage process inherited in the Moi tribe which each generation must maintain.