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The Wedding: Nothing New Under the Sun
By Carter B. Cue
It has long been the custom for Westerners and particularly those in the industrialized world, to look down their noses at lesser developed people, as being backwards, uncivilized and even savages. To the tweed coated Englishman, the almost naked Papa New Guinea islander wearing ochre colored face paint and a bone piercing his nose, is (at the very least) superstitious, irrational and highly unsophisticated—his belief systems and culture are those of children. Right? Right?
To the contrary—Ipods, computers and automobiles aside—a closer look at the customs and traditions that are hallmarks of American society would probably be on par with Papa New Guinea tribesmen! This is particularly so when the most sacred of Western customs “the wedding” is placed under the microscope of history. Take note of the following nuptial rites and/or traditions.
Ring Finger: The placing of the wedding ring on the ring finger (e.g. third finger next to the pinky) of the bride has its origins in 3rd century B.C. Greece. According to Charles Panati author of Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things early Greek physicians that “a vein of love” in the ring finger was connected directly to the heart. Thus, it made sense that anything relative to love, relationships and affairs of the heart should be enhanced and/or symbolized by a ring on the third finger. As of this writing modern day American doctors have yet to prove if there is a love vein in the third finger!
Wedding Cake: Most modern day brides would consider their wedding day incomplete and void of significance without a wedding cake. The first semblance of the modern day wedding cake is found in 1st century Rome B.C. Wheat was a symbol of fertility to the Romans. To further enhance the bride’s chances of producing many children and the benefit of wealth, Roman wedding goers would throw handfuls of wheat at the new bride. By 100 B.C. Roman bakers were baking the wheat into little sweet cakes for consumption by wedding guests. However, many continued the older tradition of wheat pummeling by crumbling up their cakes and throwing it at the bride. By 1660, in England, the wedding cake was nothing more than a large heaping of scones and biscuits placed in a pile at the wedding. According to oral tradition a visiting French chef in London was appalled by the site of the bland, haphazard, bread pile and decided to make a multi-level, frosted cake instead. Hence the modern day wedding cake.
Family of Bride Paying for Wedding: For many westerners who snicker at the idea of a Massai warrior’s family receiving ten cows in exchange for the intended bride’s hand do not laugh too hard. Tad Tuleja the author of Curious Customs: the Stories Behind 296 Popular American Rituals says the western world custom of the Bride’s father paying for the wedding is a modern tradition of the ancient dowry (e.g. a return gift to the bride groom). Actually the word “wedding” is derived from the Latin “wedian” to pledge and the Norse “veoja” to wager or bet. In medieval England “the wed” was the down payment for the bride. So, it appears as though kickbacks are nothing new at all!
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