Dating traditions around the world
Woe to the man who finds a garlic or chili: It means the girl has just flat-out rejected him.A girl who hasn’t made up her mind will put in a pine needle.
It just goes to show that animals aren’t the only ones capable of exhibiting bizarre courting behavior—not by a long shot.
People of the Balinese village of Tenganan have taken fighting for love up a notch with their highly ritualized Usaba Sambah Festival.
The event, which happens every May, is also a sort of coming-of-age rite for all the unmarried men of the village—and the perfect chance for them to attract the ladies.
Far from being liberal, the father is actually quite strict in doing this—by building the hut he does not allow the suitor into his home, nor does he acknowledge the courtship.
It is only when he asks his daughter to get cattle from her suitor that the father finally recognizes his existence.
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The men fight inside an arena, armed with the thorny leaves of the pandanus plant, and with only a bamboo shield to protect them.