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WHEN A COUPLE GET MARRIED, THE RELATIVES GO INTO
THE BEDROOM THE FOLLOWING DAY. IF THERE IS
BLOOD ON THE BEDSHEETS, THEN THE WIFE IS ACCEPTED INTO
THE FAMILY. IF NOT, SHE IS CONSIDERED A TRAMP
AND IS NOT WANTED BY THE FAMILY.

Where learned: SPAIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.151

Date learned: 03-26-1968

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IT IS A CUSTOM AMONG ORTHODOX JEWS TO RETURN TO THE
PARENTS OF THE BRIDE THE SHEET FROM THE MARRIAGE
BED ON WHICH THE BROKEN HYMEN HAS BLED, FOR THIS
SHOWS THAT THE BRIDE WAS A VIRGIN AT HER MARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.151

Date learned: 00001966 SPRING

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