The Blackening of the Bride | The Most Interesting Wedding Rituals from around the World

The Blackening of the Bride

The idea of humiliating either the bride or the groom, or both, before marriage is present in many cultures. In Scotland, the bride and the groom are ambushed by their friends and covered in all sorts of foul and disgusting substances such as sauces, molasses, spoiled curry, smelly fish, syrups, spoiled milk etc. and then feathered. They are then either tied to a tree or taken through the local streets while their friends clang on pots to announce the wedding. The ritual is meant to prepare the couple for the difficulties of marriage. One can't help thinking of a similar ritual but with a different purpose - the punishment of being tarred and feathered.

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