Bedouin Wedding, Bride and Bridegroom
Source: Matson Collection.
The betrothal of a girl is a mere mercantile transaction between the girl's
father and the proposed bridegroom. It is only when this is completed that the
girl is made acquainted with the transaction. There is then a three-days' grace.
This is spent by the girl, according to the rules of some tribes, in a tent near
the father's tent, after she has been sprinkled with the blood of a sheep
sacrificed for the occasion; or, according to other tribal customs, it is spent
by her hidden amidst the mountains. (Source:
Picturesque Palestine, vol. 4, p.