Friday, March 13, 2009

Bulgarian Brides Being Bought

It's a tricky thing to get married...in some parts of the world. But apparently not so tough in Bulgaria, provided you have a few thousand euros lying around that you're willing to part with in exchange for a teenage gypsy bride, yours to keep as your...new....wife. Wait. What?

According to Mail Online over yonder in the UK, this oddity of oddities "...takes place on the first Saturday after the start of the orthodox Easter fast - the Day of Saint Todor, or Horse Easter." Ah, yes! Horse Easter! I remember it well. Almost like...almost like...almost like I've never heard of that term in my entire life. WTH are they doing over there in Bulgaria, for cryin' out loud?! Horse Easter?? What the heck is Horse....

....Easter. Oh. Never mind. So...Bulgaria! Um, yeah, they do this thing every year where a bunch of the locals, er, villagers...whatever they are...Bulgarians! That's it! The Bulgarians gather with their teenage daughters in tow at what basically amounts to an open-air bride market. (Sort of like a farmer's market. Only instead of ears of corn, there are teenage girls. It's practically the same!) The Mail Online says "At the market in the village of Mogila near Stara Zagora, the price of a beautiful young woman is said to be several thousand levs/euros." (I'm guessing that price also includes any future dental work for your...teenage....bride....pirate? "Argh! Please pay plenty of dubloons for me daughter. Argh!" What's with the gold tooth, ladies?)

Wow. I wonder what the less than beautiful women go for. (Maybe they just trade those ears of corn.) I understand it's a different culture and all of that and people do different things all over the world. But why would you basically put your daughter up for sale? Fortunately, Elena from Kapitan Andreevo answered that very question. 'We take our daughters to this gathering so they could get acquainted with boys, for we do not allow our children to go to discos." Right. Because allowing your daughter to go to a "disco" would just be wrong! Of course. It's all clear to me now.

When a suitable buyer is found for said teenage maiden, that is said to be cause for celebration. "One newly-wed couple bellydanced on top of an old car to show their happiness at finding a match."

I like how they put the plaid blanket down on top of the car, presumably to prevent it from getting footprints. Though I am starting to become concerned that these folks have their priorities just a little bit out of order. Not that a shiny car top isn't important! That's not it. But when the footprints that you're worried about are a direct result of the celebration that has broken out because you have just sold your daughter to the highest bidder? Just take a minute or two and rethink things, that's all I'm saying.

What if these folks decide to go all hi-tech on us one of these days? We could start seeing these teenage brides-to-be popping up on eBay and craigslist! It's unfortunate that the Mail Online article didn't mention just how many of these girls ended up being sold at the end of the day. Or how many of the girls were of the caliber of those pictured. That's the number that would make all the difference, really. Because if the photos here are an accurate representation of the average participant of this event, I might not be as concerned as I was when I first heard about this. There might not be much to be concerned about at all. Nope.

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5 comments:

grannyann said...

Forget the match, it's that green dress that I must have!!!!

Anonymous said...

I thought you were open to different cultures smarty pants! This is the much defended by your western civilization gypsy culture - a minority in Bulgaria. Should I point to the Hmong in USA - marrying teenage girls and having all male relatives sleeping with the bride on the first night. Or the many pregnant teenage girls in America - something which Bulgarians laugh at you about.

Mare said...

Hey there, Anonymous.

I am absolutely open to different cultures. But just because I'm open to them doesn't mean that I am going to agree with everything that they do. I am certainly not going to agree with anything that I find demeaning to females.

You can point to the Hmong in the USA as a way to make your point, but I don't think that you accomplish what you set out to do. First of all, I don't know if what you claim is factually accurate. But second, what does that have to do with anything? I certainly am not going to come out in favor of the practices which you cite.

And trust me, the Bulgarians are not the only ones laughing at the many pregnant teenage girls in America. We're not real fond of it ourselves. Though I think I'd have to guess that more Americans are crying over it than laughing about it. High teen pregnancy rates are not exactly the USA's favorite social situation to brag about.

Thanks for reading!

~ M

Anonymous said...

gipsy or turkie this is not a Bulgarian people

katty said...

I love the wedding ceremony and see the dress of the brides.I think they are like princess in a royal palace. But although the entire celebration is wondeful, many men have sexual problems and their marrige could be in danger. So i suggest them to buy viagra and forget any concern their sexual lives.