The History of Marriage

I found these ‘black and white line drawings’ in The Des Moine Register – 28 April 1928. The illustrator is Edward Westermarck.

Young Couple Eat Honey
Young Couple Eat Honey

In modern Greece the young man’s mother makes the couple eat honey from the same vessel, that their marriage will be sweet. But when the bridal procession starts for the church, it is the etiquette for the bride to burst into tears.

Japanese couple drink wine
Japanese couple drink wine

In Japan, the young couple drinks wine together, exchanging cups nine times. This constitutes the entire marriage ceremony. After it is over the young couple are introduced friends at a solemn wedding dinner.

Bride escorted to church men with guns
Bride escorted to church men with guns

In rural parts of Durham, England, the bridal part is escorted to church by men armed with guns, which they fire close to the ears of the bride and bridegroom. A relic of the belief that it drives away evil spirits.

Dancing the coronet off the bride
Dancing the coronet off the bride

“Dancing the coronet off the bride” in Sweden. With her eyes bandaged, the bride takes the crown off her head and places it on the head of one of the girls dancing around her. This girl will be the next to marry.

Shortbread over the brides head
Shortbread over the brides head

In the north of England one of the oldest inhabitants of the neighbourhood throws a plateful of short bread over the bride’s head. Then their is a grand scramble for the pieces, which are supposed to bring good luck.

Bride loses wedding ring
Bride loses wedding ring

Superstition connected with the wedding ring indicate it has been regarded as a mystical tie. In northeast Scotland they say that “if a woman loses her marriage ring she will lose her man.”

The joining of hands in Roman times
The joining of hands in Roman times

The joining of hands has been from early days the accepted sign of a plighted troth. In Roman times it was a symbol that the bride had formally been “handed over” to her husband.

The hands of the Bride tied together
The hands of the Bride tied together

The hands of the bridal pair are not only joined, but tied together, in some European countries – Poland, Bulgaria and Portugal for instance it symbolises a lasting union.

Newlyweds share morning soup
Newlyweds share morning soup

In Germany they say if the newlyweds will eat the “morning soup” with the same spoon they will have a peaceful married life. Eating from the same dish suggests betrothal.

Groom looking for another partner?
Groom looking for another partner?

In parts of Germany the couple must not look around on the way to the church or they are “looking” for another partner.

Source

The History of MarriageThe History of Marriage Sun, Apr 29, 1928 – Page 77 · The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Newspapers.com

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