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Bringing home the bacon

They claim this was mentioned in Canterbury Tales but I confess I don't remember.

Couples hope to bring home the bacon in marriage ritual
A bizarre ritual dating back to the 12th century in which the couple who can prove to a mock-court that they have the happiest marriage wins half a pig takes place on Saturday.

I was amused that the picture had a legend about a 'dating ritual'. The contestants have to be married for a year or more, so I don't see that it has much to do with dating.

Also, I wonder what happens to the other half of the pig?

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Re: Canterbury Tales

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They claim this was mentioned in Canterbury Tales but I confess I don't remember.

Only very briefly. The old custom is The Dunmow Flitch Trials and its mentioned in the Wife of Bath Tale, i.e.

The bacon was nat fet for hem, I trowe,
That som men han in Essex at Dunmowe.

I think one would have to have previously knowledge of the Dunmow Trials to understand the obscure reference.
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It isn't a dating ritual

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It's a ritual dating back to the 12th century.


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mea culpa ...

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I guess I should wake up before posting.

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The other half of the pig

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Since one half is considered winnings, the rest must be government withholding tax.

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