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Warm Bath
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 11-05-24
 

  It is said that there is a virgin street in Paris. Before marriage, the marrying bride and bridegroom will invite friends of both sides to relieve feelings in the bar of the virgin street and toast to say goodbye to their maidenhood. The brides-to-be of southern Hubei are not so romantic, but they also have the unique way of saying goodbye to the maidenhood. This is the warm bath before sexual consummation, and it is also called virgin bath.

  In the old village, the warm bath was generally held in boudoir. In the middle of the boudoir there was a big wooden tub which could fully hold two loans of water. In the wooden tub, some wild chrysanthemums were sprinkled in the hot water. The light and sweet scent fluttered in the boudoir. The brides-to-be gently stirred up wild chrysanthemums, while the petals move scattered, spinning in the water and amusing the bride. At that moment, the bride’s thinking wandered around. She was thinking of the childhood, everything about the growth of snuggling up to parents’ arms. When thinking about that she was leaving the home where she was born and brought up, the bride couldn’t help being unwilling to leave, she was wretched, and her tears fell to the wooden tub. After a burst of sadness, the girl suddenly came to understand that men and women should marry when they grew up, so she became a little happy, and her face reappeared sweet smile just like two red flowers.

  The bath tub steamed hot vapor, and the girl leaned on in the bathtub. She was lost in the imagination, wondering that she was about to be dressed up as a bride. She gently wiped her body, and fingers touched the abdomen. Thinking the abdomen will soon quietly uplift, shyness burns her cheek red-hot…

  The villages of the southern Hubei all have the custom of warm bath. Under the press of the old ethical code of the feudal society, there is only an opportunity for women to extend the imagination and think of their hearts’ content in their lifetime. That was the virgin bath. Because stepping out of the tub and putting on the marry dress mean that the beginning of husbandly and religious bound, the girl would last the time of virgin bath for hours for wanting to extend the freedom and liberation as far as possible.

  It seems that people pay less attention to the virgin bath of men and there are not so many complex programs and thoughts. Of course, under the protection of the old ethical code, the man who was about to be the groom would earn the husbandly right and the slavery right to women instead of losing anything. Why were not they happy about that? (Written by Jia Zaibai)


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