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She blesses the bride and groom by touching the auspicious uttãn tal to their forehead, right shoulder, and left shoulder, repeating the act three times, each time stooping and touching the ground with the plate. Next she takes the bananas from the plate. After touching them to the forehead of bride and groom, she throws the fruit over them to the children.

  • 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