IN THE DESSA
full in the face. a It is .she that will rule the roost,a said one of the women, chuckling. And I fancied I saw a gleam of satisfaction pass over the bridea s demure little face, half hidden though it was by the strings of beads and jessamine flowers dependent from her head dress. The next moment however, she had humbly knelt down on the floor. One of the bridesmaids handed her a basin full of water and a towel; and she proceed-
uThe men sat down to a repast."
ed to wash her husbanda s feet, in token of loyalty and loving submission.
When she was done, he took her by the hand, raising her; and led her towards the middle of the apartment, where a piece of matting was spread on the floor. On this she squatted down, holding up a handkerchief; and the bridegroom threw into it some rice, some a peteha -beans and some money, symbolising the sustenance which he bound himself to afford her. The symbolical ceremonies were then concluded by his sitting down next to her, and putting three spoonfuls of rice, knead-