Indonesian tribe’s bizarre ritual prohibits newlyweds from using toilet for three days
Weddings, especially in Asia, are a lot of rituals and processions. For example, in India, the bride throws grains when leaving the house so that after her the house maintains prosperity. However, some rituals are so bizarre that even hearing about them makes you question your sanity, let alone performing them.
For example, a ritual to which members of an Indonesian tribe still attach the greatest importance. According to the rules of their traditions, a newly married couple, right after the wedding, must live for three days without going to the toilet. You heard it right. To maintain happiness in the last years of your married life, the couple must maintain it for the first three days of their married life.
The ritual originated with the people of the Tidong tribe, who are mostly farmers. The Tidong people belong to the northeast region of Borneo, near the border between Indonesia and Malaysia. Whenever a marriage ceremony is held in the tribe, the couple, after all the processions are over, are taken to a room where they are to spend the first three days of their marriage. During this period, the couple is prohibited from using the toilet.
There is a group of people who oversee the three-day term. These people are responsible for giving the couple small amounts of food and water so that the need to go to the bathroom does not arise. Supervision also consists of ensuring that the couple does not cheat and relieving themselves in secret.
The ritual still breathes due to a concrete belief that if a couple passes, they will enjoy a happy and lasting marriage, and if they fail, the marriage should end soon. Therefore, to avoid such supposed commotion, people always perform this ritual diligently.
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