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As a welcome to her new home, the husband's family symbolically beat the new member. In some families, the new mother-in-law would put the bride's fingers in ashes to symbolically disable her from running away. Obedience and hard work were automatically expected from each new bride.
From this point of view, getting married did not seem tempting at all. Jaroslav Augusta, a Czech painter living in Slovakia, captured this rite of passage in the life of a young woman, in the 1920s.
Prepared by Branislav Chovan
17. Oct 2005 at 0:00