Photo: Hammonton Photography In the United States, I thought my family was religious because they dragged us to Mass on Sundays, “blessed” us over our heads before we went on a long journey, and made us carry a in our suitcases whenever we traveled.
But compared to people in Latin America, my family’s religious rituals were mild to say the least.
There are lots of references to having sex, as well as some strong language ("hell," "crap," "ass," with curses bleeped).
People drink during dates and sometimes get a little drunk.
Some men use online dating as a way to find sexual connections.
Expect frequent sexual references, as well as crude references about women and people's genitals.
Occasionally men inappropriately touch women during dates.
Date conversations include stories about strippers, pimps, and other people.
There are several presiding gods - the Nandi Devatas.
To please them, a leaf-laden branch of the Pipal tree is set up, and 5 married ladies perform a ritual of washing it with milk.
The bride's parents escort him to the marriage Mandapam. After reaching the marriage hall, there is a formal ceremony of espousal.