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It is, for instance, considered a sacred (pabittra) and auspicious act to ask a Brahman… to initiate the marriage by simply touching the bride and groom (beyond which he plays no further role in these rites).

  • Source: Fruzzetti, Lina M. The gift of a virgin: women, marriage, and ritual in a Bengali society. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1982.
  • Culture: Bengali
  • Location: Asia