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.
Crying Ritual of the Tujia People
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.