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At a bride price ceremony in Western Sydney, women from the Dinka Yirrol tribe representing the groom approach a minivan filled with the brides female family members. As part of the traditional ceremony, the two groups must agree on a price for the bride’s female family members to get out of the van and come inside for the negotiations. They settled on $3000 and then after more than 5 hours of discussions the two groups eventually agreed the groom would pay a dowry of 210 cows and 20 goats approximately $65,000 AUD.

At a bride price ceremony in Western Sydney, women from the Dinka Yirrol tribe representing the groom approach a minivan filled with the brides female family members. As part of the traditional ceremony, the two groups must agree on a price for the bride’s female family members to get out of the van and come inside for the negotiations. They settled on $3000 and then after more than 5 hours of discussions the two groups eventually agreed the groom would pay a dowry of 210 cows and 20 goats approximately $65,000 AUD.