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When a Greek couple is in the process of getting married and the
minister says "...to honor and obey..." the bride steps on the
groom's toe with force to show to herself that she does not have to
obey him.

Submitter comment: My informant told me that this occurs so the bride can prove to
herself that she does not fear her husband. If she can't bring
herself to do this, she carries with her the doubt of having any
authority in the marriage. To this day this can be seen in Greek
weddings. This applies even to some Greek weddings that occur in
America if the families decide to follow tradition.

Where learned: GREECE

Keyword(s): authority

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

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TIE THE DONKEY WHERE HIS MASTER SAYS.
OCBOT IL HANAE FEIN IGHEIDLU SIDU {MALTESE}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): {MEANING? YOU SHOULD OBEY AUTHORITY, SAYS COLLECTOR}

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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