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Multiple weddings happened right on the spot, during one of the annual Tinsmith gathering at the village of Mogila, Bulgaria. They differ from other Roma, having their own language and practicing old traditions. Their itinerant craft of metalworking spread them across the country but their 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’ or dowry 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.
Multiple weddings happened right on the spot, during one of the annual Tinsmith gathering at the village of Mogila, Bulgaria. They differ from other Roma, having their own language and practicing old traditions. Their itinerant craft of metalworking spread them across the country but their 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...
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