ABC's Small World feature is a global exercise in comparative anthropology. It consists of a videotape compilation of the same ritual as it is performed across a variety of cultures. To kick off the series half a dozen female correspondents attended a variety of wedding ceremonies: Stephanie Sy in Beijing, Margaret Conley in Jakarta, Clarissa Ward in Moscow, Gretchen Peters in Lahore, Lara Setrakian in Jeddah and Dana Hughes in Nairobi. The Kenyan ritual seemed the most imaginative: before the knot can be tied, the groom's aunts have to turn up en masse at the house of the aunts in the bride's family to make their kinsman's case by singing songs in his praise.
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