A Peculiar Custom Praying for A Growing Family

September 04, 2014 - Editor’s Choice - Post by: WfpaEdit

Photographer: Hu Jianwen

“Beating” the newly-married with a club is a custom of over 500 years in a an area of Fujian Provice, China. Every lunar year on the eleventh day of the first month , the local people will hold a rite to  practice this custom. An elder man will be selected as the “Drunken Lord”, who will “beat” the newly-married over the last year while saying “May you have as many children as you want”. But the reason for “beating” is still a mystery.


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