Little bilas meri

Lakotoromola

A Latokoromola is a traditional ceremony done by the Nakanai People of West New Britain. This ceremony is a celebration of the first born child. The Latokoromota enables the first born child to take part in the “garamut” and traditional sing sing group. This first born child is now allowed to cut his/her hair, can travel to faraway places, the young girls are now allowed to finally bilas(dress up), have tattoos and piercings and style their hair whichever way they please. If the first born was to do so before the Latokoromola than a pig would have to be killed and a feast put on for the village.

old woman f boy Little bilas meri

Preparing the first borns

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bobby 2

baby 12

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black & white

bilas 1

singsing

bilas 2

bilas boy

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