National Geographic : 1973 Nov
interlinked rings-ajangle with bells-appear only at feasts. The red carnelians, Turkomans be lieve, ward off eye disease. To win a Turkoman bride in this land of arranged marriages, a lad must depend on his father as matchmaker. The older man offers the bride's family a pledge of good faith, usually $1,000 to $1,500 in livestock, grain, and cash, paid in installments-a small fortune to a Turkoman. In return, the girl's father spends at least half this bride-price on his daughter's dowry.