He Came on a White Horse (15/30)

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Rossi looking out through the window of her bedroom. Behind, stored from the floor to the ceiling is her dowry, mostly bed covers, blankets and handmade carpets. Rossi never finished school. Her mother kept her home after the age of 13 to minimize the possibility of her losing her virginity or eloping with a boy who is not able to pay for her. “I want my mother to leave me alone and let me live my life,” shared Rossi. “I want to be free. She suffocates me.” In the Tinsmiths tradition girls are kept at home until the moment they become a housewife. 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.
Rossi looking out through the window of her bedroom. Behind, stored from the floor to the ceiling is her dowry, mostly bed covers, blankets and handmade carpets. Rossi never finished school. Her mother kept her home after the age of 13 to minimize the possibility of her losing her virginity or eloping with a boy who is not able to pay for her. “I want my mother to leave me alone and let me live my life,” shared Rossi. “I want to be free. She suffocates me.” In the...
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