The Living Age Volume 176; V. 303

The Living Age Volume 176; V. 303

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...before they are put on the heads of the bride and bridegroom they are signed with the sign of the cross three times with them, and as was done with the rings, they are changed from one head to the other. Finally, the sacramental wine is administered, three sips each to the young couple, and one sip each to their attendants; and then the newly made man and wife, the bridesmaids, the bridegrooms, attendants, and the priests who have officiated, join hands and literally dance round the altar, which is an obvious continuance of the old custom called amphiiiromia, when similar antics were performed around the altar of heathen deities. This is the time for pelting the wedding party with showers of sweetmeats--the old icarava/iaTa with which in ancient Greece brides and bridegrooms were pelted in the streets as a symbol of plenty and fecundity. Now they do it in church, where the priests come in for a good share of these comfits, and great hilarity prevails. Before leaving the church the bride and bridegroom, each with their crown on, stand in front of the altar, and every one who has been present at the ceremony is expected to pass in front of them and administer to each a kiss. Then the crowns are removed from their heads and carried home in a basket, to be kept as objects of the greatest veneration amongst the pictures of the saints and other househeld gods before which the ever-burning light is suspended. These wedding crowns are frequently buried with their wearers when their time conies to participate in the third evil prepared for them by destiny. In different islands they have many and various ceremonies attending the homecoming of the bride after the knot has been tied in church. In Karpathos the bridegroom's mother meets them, as after...show more

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  • Paperback | 658 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,157g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236895525
  • 9781236895523