Fertility — or the lack thereof — has always been a major part of myth, legend, and ritual from around the world. For as long as humans have been making babies, and trying to make babies, there have been methods and theories about the best way to improve fertility. Some communities depended solely on prayer; others put their faith in special herbs or sacrificial offerings.
Test your knowledge of some of the ways different cultures have beckoned fertility — past and present!
Test Your Knowledge of Fertility Rites From Around the World
Which of the following foods is associated with the conception of twins in Africa?
Which country believes that ritual chicken sacrifice will lead to a fertile marriage bed?
It was once believed that deflowering unfortunate virgins from this region via a stone phallus would increase fertility?
A traditional Cantonese daughter-in-law rubs her body against which object to increase her fertility?
Which Celtic festival is celebrated to insure fertility and growth?
What type of tree symbolized fertility for turn-of-the-century European villages?
Which Native American character symbolizing fertility remains a common symbol throughout the Southwest?
In what part of the world did brides traditionally receive a tree tattoo before the marriage ceremony?
What spice is rubbed on Hindu couples on their wedding day?