"The groom in a bag": a strange medieval rite XVII, allows you to save chastity before marriage

• "The groom in a bag": a strange medieval rite XVII, allows you to save chastity before marriage

Life view that premarital relations are relatively recent. And indeed in the XVII century for the young lovers, there are many obstacles and restrictions. However, before the marriage, they lived together and even slept in the same bed, managing to save at the same chastity.

Lovers. Pablo Picasso, 1923

In medieval Europe, and then in the Renaissance, among the common people it was a special category of chastity. Before marriage were excluded any intimate relationship. More surprising looks unusual tradition, which arose in Ireland and Wales in the XVII century, when the parents were allowed lover sleep in the same bed. The guy and the girl had to prove that both are ready to get married and live together. It was only one taboo - for sex.

Unusual courtship ritual looked. She invited the young man to his home, often in the evening on Saturday to familiarize with their parents. Then, fully dressed, they went to bed together. mother of the bride Binding daughter, tying her legs. A young man placed in a bag, which is fastened on the waist or neck. Of course, that night the parents were awake or asleep, pricked ears. Unusual practice allows young to talk and to get used to each other. Sometimes parents also put a wooden plank between two lovers, which completely separates them. It was a standard "option" beds of those years.

The bride's parents tied her feet, and the young man was placed in a bag.

The tradition of "bed in a bag" spread throughout the English-speaking countries came to the American colonies and Holland. But many were against it, especially the religious leaders. According to them, it "undermines morality fountain and blurs the names of many thousands of families." This practice, as stated, "on the verge of a dangerous laxity. It damages the reputation of the person, and it can be regarded as sufficient evidence of prostitution. "

And these fears were not groundless. In colonial America, every tenth child was born eight months after marriage. If this happened, of course, the family knew who the child's father, and marriage is often secured immediately to save the reputation of his daughter.

Interestingly, in the metropolis, in Tudor England, premarital sex life was much less problematic, for the conclusion of the union of two people was enough of a court or a magistrate.

The farmers put the board on the bed, to divide it in half. Later, in the same England, already in the XIX century, the "wrapping in a bag" is called "practiced in the United States due to a lack of places where husbands and parents often let travelers at night. They slept in the same bed with their wives and daughters. " In fact, half of the bed, separated by a board, peasants rented.

The practice of sleeping in the bag was so attractive to parents that in the 1960s, again revived for a short time. Representatives of religious Christian communities (for example, the Amish) viewed it as "a nostalgic attempt to provide a warm, safe and decent alternatives to sexual intercourse of young people, taking place in cars or deserted places."

In any case, it was a revolutionary approach to love. Tying the legs was a kind of experiment for the young couple, while maintaining its dignity and chastity.