Wedding rituals and traditions vary greatly between cultures, religions, countries, and social classes. Do you know that there are weird lovemaking rituals too? I understand that people follow their customs but it is weird that old people had rituals related to love making and still tribes are following that.
Here are some weird wedding rituals from around the world that go beyond the white dress and veil.
Most unions can trace their beginnings to that one special night at a frat kegger when the couple first met their gaze in a crowded room and forever cemented their fate by a quickly in the backseat and a broken condom. Some cultures, however, decided to skip all this romantic crap and go from the “total strangers” phase straight to marriage in one messed-up leap of criminal activity: kidnapping the bride.
Crying Ritual of the Tujia People
The crying marriage ritual was at its peak during the early 17th century and remained so until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. It is said to have originated during the Warring States Period (475 to 221 BC) when historical records reveal that the princess of the Zhao State was to be married into the Yan State. At the moment of the princess’ departure, her mother is said to have cried at her feet, asking her to return home as soon as possible. This is said to be the first crying marriage ever. Although the custom is not as popular now as it used to be, there are still a large number of families that practice it with gusto. In fact, it is a necessary procedure for marriage among the Tujia people, in China’s Sichuan Province.
Exorcise Ghosts by Marrying Animals
The Western culture is no stranger to superstition, especially during a wedding. Most brides would sooner set fire to the church and postpone the ceremony than to get married without something old, new, borrowed and blue. And don’t even think about trying to catch a glimpse of your wife-to-be before the nuptials or that’s 3 stitches to the temple right there on the spot.
But the Santhal tribe in India decided to one-up us all and cranked the wedding-crazy dial all the way up to 11. They believe that if a baby girl has a tooth rooted to her upper gum, it’s the obvious sign she will be eaten by a tiger or something in the near future because ghosts hate her. Therefore, she must marry a dog. Such was the story of Karnamoni Handsa, a 9-year-old Indian girl who “married” the local stray Bachchan amidst the dancing and cheers of her 100 guests getting shitfaced on home-made booze.
The money dance is an event at some wedding receptions in various cultures. It was originated in Poland during 1990s. During a money dance, male guests pay to dance briefly with the bride, and sometimes female guests pay to dance with the groom. At the wedding reception, the bride will dance with her father, while a relative holds out an apron. Guests who place money in the apron win the opportunity to dance with the bride. At the same time, the dance includes bridesmaids and other ladies who dance.
Blackening the Bride
To celebrate the happiest day in a woman’s life, friends and relatives of the bride will show affection by putting every nasty thing you can imagine like curdled milk, dead fish, spoiled food, tar, sauces, mud, flour, sausages into a bucket and throwing it over her. She is then tied to a tree and after taken for a night of drinking. The belief is that if you can handle this you can handle anything, including marriage. In short blackening, the bride is to prepare her for any humiliation or problems she’ll come across during her marriage.
Traditional Shoe thieves
In parts of India, the groom is required to take off his shoes before approaching the wedding altar. As soon as he does this mayhem ensues. This is a sign for the battle to begin. Everyone from the groom’s side of the family is expected to protect the shoe as the bride’s family tries to steal it. If the bride’s family succeeds in their endeavor, then the groom ultimately has to pay a ransom to get them back. If you want to imagine the scene, think of a rugby match with 300 people on each team.