For the men of Bhutan, this tradition has been ingrained in their culture for the longest time—a form of courtship known as “night hunting.” Formally known as “bomena,” night hunting started in the eastern rural areas of Bhutan, and involved a man who would sneak up into a girl’s room and spend the night there.
If caught, he would have to either marry the girl or work it off on the girl’s family’s fields.
In the worst-case scenario, the man would leave the girl after he impregnated her.
Night hunting continues to be observed today, especially by the eastern folks of Bhutan.
One of the most intriguing elements of any society is their dating practices and the way gender roles are defined and played out.
Now, that’s not to say that European singles are generally shy about sex.
In fact, Melissa Braverman, a self-proclaimed “dating anthropologist” and the blogger behind Single Gal in the City, says that “sex is the European icebreaker. S.], you make small talk with someone.” And while many American couples have the “let’s be exclusive” conversation at some point, their European counterparts simply assume they’re exclusive once they start spending time with someone in particular.
For this reason, men and women are introduced by their families and marriages are often arranged before the two people even get to know each other.
If their parents are supportive, Indians may choose to marry for love.