National Geographic : 1935 Oct
LAOTIAN LADS AND MAIDS STAGE A DAYLIGHT REHEARSAL OF A LOVE COURT Carrying a showy structure of silver paper and preceded by dancers and flower-bearers, the young men parade about thewomen's shelter, decorated with flags and fronds. Soon they will kneel before a row of supposedly bashful maidens wearing embroidered skirts and chant gallantsongs. Such istherehearsal. The real ceremony, held by moonlight, is the subject for a poem, not a photograph (see Color Plate XVI).