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Ceremonial dress, Bajawa

Ceremonial dress, Bajawa
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Men handle politics, but Ngada women control all family property. Name, status, and possessions all descend through the female line, and nothing of value is bought or sold without a consensus among clan women. TraditionalNgada houses contain a room where the women can discuss family business. These meetings are highly secretive; the rooms are windowless to prevent eavesdropping, and nothing said in the sanctum is repeated outside.