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Crossing continents and centuries Stephen Arnott brings us invaluable information about all kinds of bizarre regional customs - from sexual practices to the received wisdom on cannibalism - that could save you from embarrassing local faux pas while travelling. Did you know that amongst the Tartars, relations of the bride and bridegroom would traditionally divide into two groups and fight each other until some had suffered bleeding wounds? It was thought that causing blood to flow in this way would ensure the couple had strong sons; or that in Hungary, a cure for infertility was to beat a barren woman with a stick? The stick having previously been used to separate mating dogs; or that amongst some Aboriginal tribes of New South Wales that men who had any contact with their mothers-in-law would suffer terrible hard luck? The threat was so great that married men even avoided looking in their mother-in-law's general direction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091892418
ISBN-10: 0091892414
Format: Paperback
(154mm x 111mm x 13mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Arnott

Stephen Arnott is the author of Now Wash Your Hands! a cultural history of the toilet, and The Languid Goat is Always Thin, a collection of the world's strangest proverbs and Sex: A User's Guide. Born in Jamaica, he currently lives in South London with his partner and daughter.

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