Volunteer: Abby Carmean
TEFL RPCV from Turkmenistan 2008-2010
Contributions from Abby Carmean
Women welcoming a new bride into their family. These women are leading the new "gelin" (bride) into her new home with her in laws.
My two year old "host niece" busting a move at her uncle's wedding.
My family visiting my permanent site host family.
Turkmen have an interesting tradition for Kurban Bayram (the feast of the sacrifice) where they will swing on giant swings. It is said that if you swing a certain number of times on the swing during the 3 days of Kurban Bayram an angel will come and take away your sins.
This is a tradition that Teke women do after they have a wedding. The married women and single girls from the groom's family will wrestle for the new bride's womanhood. As you can see it gets pretty intense! Also, don't mess with Dayzas... they are strong women!