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A picture of Virgin Mary hangs on the wall in Rossi’s bedroom. The Tinsmiths are Christians and this differentiates them from the rest of Bulgarian Roma. In moments of desperation Rossi prays to find a good boy from the clan and marry him. This will be the only way to free herself from her mother’s control. To keep her virgin, Rossi’s mother doesn’t allow her to go out at all, even with girlfriends for coffee. Rossi is the girl with the longest hair in the clan. This makes her very expensive on the ‘bride market’. Her mother asks 30,000 Bulgarian Leva (15,000 Euros) for her. This price is more than most boys can pay. Now, Rossi is 27 years old and still unmarried. Once she fell in love with a boy from the same clan. He was poor and not able to pay the dowry. Rossi eloped but her five brothers went and took her back home. This was the only act of independence Rossi ever committed to free herself from her mother’s control. She did not lose her virginity and her price remains unchanged. Ognianovo, Bulgaria. He Came on a White Horse.
A picture of Virgin Mary hangs on the wall in Rossi’s bedroom. The Tinsmiths are Christians and this differentiates them from the rest of Bulgarian Roma. In moments of desperation Rossi prays to find a good boy from the clan and marry him. This will be the only way to free herself from her mother’s control. To keep her virgin, Rossi’s mother doesn’t allow her to go out at all, even with girlfriends for coffee. Rossi is the girl with the longest hair in the clan. This...
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