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Female Clown (Han Mane'ak Su) at a Wedding

The Han Mane'ak Su acts as master of ceremonies at Rotuman weddings. She acts the clown, but is given authority over the proceedings, and has license to abuse the guests, chiefs and dignitaries included. Here she has forced one of the men to dance in front of the crowd.

Photo by Jan Rensel

Clowning in Rotuman Cult