Rashaida Bride and Groom

Carol Beckwith1992

African Ceremonies

African Ceremonies
Friday Harbor, United States

A Rashaida bride never appears in public during her wedding celebrations, but she visits her husband after dark in the privacy of his tent. For six nights, she sleeps with him, rising before dawn to return to her tent. On the seventh day the couple begins to live openly as man and wife. The silver threads and pendants decorating the bride’s wedding mask are gifts from her husband, whereas the groom’s ceremonial sword is given to him by his parents.

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  • Title: Rashaida Bride and Groom
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1992
  • Location: Eritrea
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher