topum (topum) wrote,

Transylvanian divorce

When we visited Transylvania's last gothic fortified church in Biertan (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) they told us how the Saxons who lived there used to deal with the couples asking for a divorce.

To ensure that the husband and wife really thought things through, they were required to live together for two weeks locked up in a tiny room with one single bed, a single plate, just one fork, a single chair, etc. The guide got really excited telling us that it worked so well that although many couples got locked up for two weeks, there was only one divorce while the practice was in use. I just had to ask how many of the rest of the cases ended up in murder trials instead. They did not have that statistics.
Tags: divorce, marriage, romania, transylvania
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