They are only 4,000 Tinsmiths, one of the most insular clans of Bulgarian Roma. They live throughout the country working their old craft, repairing pots and pans and fashioning gutters. They have their own language and traditions, and keep apart from other Roma. Tinsmith tradition requires that they marry inside the clan. A few times a year, the clan gathers so the eligible girls and boys can meet. Another of their traditions is the bride price, a payment to a girl’s family from her...
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