Marriage by fire

Marriage by fire
Marriage by fire

In the presence of friends and blood relatives, parents seal the marriage of their children with fire, which they ignite with iron and flintstone. Fire and rock represent the marital partners and, through the same, the ratified union makes the spouses more suitable for each other and happier than any other mutual token. This habit is as firmly established as if born in Greece and Rome. After this, the relatives raise the bride, adorned in ermine and sable skins, onto the back of a reindeer and escort her to the bridal chamber or a tent, singing songs of joy and praying for her health and good fortune in bearing children. The groom proceeds on foot, flaunting himself in furs made from lynx and skunk hides in a manner similar to some Venetian nobleman.