Photograph by Meredith Davenport
Celebrating an impending marriage, women sing after delivering the groom's gift30 pots of porridgeto the family of the bride in a village near Kauda. During the past century, some Nuba customs have changed because of the growing influence of Islam, to which about half the Nuba have converted. Traditionally these women would bring the bride's family marisa, or sorghum beer. Now, in keeping with Muslim customs, they sometimes offer a nonalcoholic alternative.