Wedding-goers whip groom before pouring salt in his open wounds
Getting a taste of married life
The infamous Chinese tradition of “wedding pranks” has shocked and appalled yet again with a video of a man who was allegedly whipped by friends and family members before having salt poured on his open wounds.
Prior to his wedding, the groom can be seen standing by his bride while wearing only his underwear — his back and legs sporting a number of painful-looking wounds. In photos, he is shown squatting down on the ground so that well-wishers can pour salt on those gashes.
The incident took place last week in the Hunan city of Shaoyang, which apparently has a local custom of “beating the groom” (殴打新郎), an act meant to remind the man that marriage is not easy and that he should treasure it, according to The Paper.
Recently, the practice of “wedding pranks” — in which newlyweds are forced to engage in sexual games or humiliated in some fashion on their big day, has come under increased scrunity in China.
In February, a video went ultra-viral, which was rumored to show the drunken father of the groom forcing his son’s bride to kiss him on stage. The family has since claimed that the father was merely pretending to smooch the young woman, acting in accordance with the local tradition of “teasing the bride.”
A short time later, another video hit the Chinese internet showing a man grabbing a bride by the head and forcing her to kowtow. When the woman responded by slapping the man, the audience scolded her, declaring that it was only a bit of fun.
And, only a week after that, another wedding was marred by a woman being knocked unconscious while trying to protect the bride from a group of male “pranksters.”
Finally, last month, three men were ordered by a Guizhou court to pay 90,000 yuan in compensation to their former friend for accidentally breaking his face on his wedding day in a “prank” that went horribly awry.