The Real and Bizarre Relationship Rituals That Show Up on The Bachelor
Bachelor Nation is a real thing. Millions of folks check into the love-fest every week to see Ben Higgins, this season's hunky, eligible dreamboat, woo 25 lucky women in the most romantic and over-the-top romance anyone has ever seen. While each date and event is bigger and more extravagant than the one before it (and Kaitlyn's season seemed to really push it), The Bachelor didn't invent extreme dating. In fact, there are some dating and courtship rituals in history that would make even the most devoted contestant run for the hills.
Thankfully, we haven't gotten to a place in television dating in which Ben will have to present one of his finalists with a shrunken head, but it does seem he and The Bachelor are borrowing pretty heavily from the romantic past. Here are some of the world's most unusual dating and love rituals and their modern-day ABC counterparts.