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Berber Bride, Imilchil, Morocco
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The Bride Wore Boots

The transformation of a young woman from bride to wife is considered to be rite of passage fraught with danger. Among some Berbers, brides are not allowed to touch the ground with their feet lest evil spirits enter their bodies. For this reason, many Berber brides are conveyed to their new husbandsí homes by donkey and carried into their new abodes, their bridal boots never touching the earth.