He Came on a White Horse (14/30)

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Stored from the floor to the ceiling is Rossi’s dowry, mostly handmade bed covers, blankets and handmade carpets. This what, she will take going to her husband house after the wedding. 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 her bride price. The Tinsmith’s tradition requires they marry only inside the clan.  To maintain this tradition, they gather a few times a year so the young men and women can meet. These gatherings are like debutant balls, designed to display the eligible girls. But in Bulgaria they are known as ‘bride markets’ because the tradition requires a bride price from the boy’s family. The gatherings have become controversial since Bulgaria joined the European Union. Women’s organizations point out that the girls are kept from school and denied opportunity, other than marrying and being a housewife.  Mogila, Bulgaria. He Came on a White Horse.
Stored from the floor to the ceiling is Rossi’s dowry, mostly handmade bed covers, blankets and handmade carpets. This what, she will take going to her husband house after the wedding. 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 her bride price. The Tinsmith’s tradition requires they marry only inside the clan. To maintain this tradition, they gather...
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