During the ceremony the man’s shell money, that had been wound onto wheels during his lifetime, were broken open. (In the top picture you can see the now empty wheels at the back and the collected fathoms hanging at the front).
The names of his relatives are called and the women of these families, wearing black and with lime powder on their bodies, distributed the collected fathoms to the clan (second photo).
Tambu is also used for bride price, for paying compensation and in the villages, for buying goods and services. At the ceremony women were selling snacks and drinks which were being paid for with shell money fathoms. (you can see them in the basket in the third photo).
Extra - On my other blog Rabaul Daily – Extra Photos there are some photos I took of Rabaul yesterday for Pia,
and there are also some bilum photos I took for Eliane.