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African Marriage Ritual Photos

Africa | Rashaida Bride, Eritrea. Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher Veiled behind an elaborate mask called a burga, a Rashaida bride stays in seclusion before her wedding. The Muslim Rashaida are Bedouin merchants and camel breeders, originally from Saudi Arabia, who keep to themselves and marry only their own.

Traditional Bedouin wedding procession marked by the houdach at the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia. (Photo by Sony Stark.)

A mare from Saudi Arabia comes face-to-face with a Russian-bred Arabian mare in Riyadh. Heirs to the beauty and stamina that made them favorites among Bedouins, kings and cavalries—and a foundation of the Thoroughbred horse—Arabians today are a global breed whose power to enchant endures.