Love is truly as crazy as they say, and it makes lovers do the most bizarre things in order to express their love for each other. Dating has been around for as long as people needed to find mates and life partners. We all wish that there were some way of making dating easier. From no-shows, blank texts and catfishes, are enough of an alarm to us, from around the world people did and still do dating in a different way to this.
1. Apples of my armpits
An old tradition in Austria during the 19th century witnessed ladies at social gatherings put a slice of apple underneath their armpits and perform a special dance for the men.
Then they would give away the sweaty bits of fruit to the guy they fancied (the apple of their eye,in their words) In case of a mutual feeling, he would eat the apple.
2. Love Huts
Unlike most cultures, the Kreung tribe in Cambodia encourage their teenage daughters to interact with boys in order to find a suitable husband. In Zulu culture, the parents actually build what they call “love huts, where the girl can spend the night with any guy, or as many guys, as she wants to, until she finds her ideal life partner.
Though the act of whistling is considered to be rude, bringing up the scenario of macho men showing off to their friends when an attractive lady walks by. While in Mexico, it is otherwise, whistling is an important part of the courtship ritual where couples use whistling and other special tunes of their own to get each other’s attention and for the little romantic privacy, preventing others from hearing their romantic plans.
4. Night Hunting
The idea of risking a father’s rage in chasing the girl of their dreams is common across the globe, but even in these urban times, Bhutanese lads take a step further in wooing the girls by sneaking into their lover’s bedroom and staying their overnight.
5. Severed Heads
The Taiwanese men of a tribe called the Atayals back in the day were very enthusiastic about head-hunting. The men often used severed heads from their battles to woo the women they coveted. Once accepted, these supposedly prized possessions were not promptly removed from sight. They were, instead, kept in open air on a narrow platform, for the public to see.
6. The presenting of ‘lovespoons’
It was customary for Welsh suitors to hand carve a wooden spoon as a token of his affection and offer it to his ladylove. The spoons would usually feature elaborate designs as an example of his creativity and capability. If she accepted, and her father too was satisfied of it’s workmanship their relationship would begin.
7. Sweat-doused handkerchief
In Europe and some other parts of the world men had to wear handkerchiefs around their armpits before stepping for a dance. It is believed that the handkerchief was later used to wipe off the sweat from their beloved’s face. Interestingly, the women would fall for the scent and would go gaga over the man.