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A wake.
Many people were accidently buried or burned alive. So when someone was suspected dead, they would wait a few days to give them the chance to wake up or rot. This period of time was called a wake and it happened before the burial.

Raining cats and dogs.
The poor people would have round huts with a fire in the middle and a hole at the top. The heat would rise and the cats they kepts for chasing mice and rats, along with the dogs they used for hunting rabbits and fish would often sleep in the thick beams in the roof. But now and then they would fall and people would say "It's raining cats and dogs"

Thresh hold.
People had stone floors, but in the winter they would freeze and become slippy. So people would throw down thresh on the floor to help keep their footing. (Straw) But sometimes when people opened a door, the thresh would blow out. So they kept a small peice of wood over the door way. It became known as the thresh hold.

Piss poor. (Didn't have a pot to piss in)
If you were really poor, you could often just sell your piss to the tanner, who would use it to dye clothes, wigs, leather and other items. But if you didn't have a pot to piss in then you were piss poor.

Silver penny in the shoe.
Often people would reicieve money or gifts on their wedding day, but the bride and anything she had became the property of her husband. It was a secret among women that if you were to give money to a bride it was best to hide it in her shoes. That way her husband would not discover or steal it. It was her safety back up money incase her husband would keep her impoverished as some cruelly did.

Cat got your tongue.
Liars often had their tongues cut out and their tongues were fed to cats or dogs.

Let your hair down.
In the medieval and tudor times all women had to hide their hair or wear it up. But as time progessed to the victorian era, the rules became bendy. If a woman let her hair down infront of a man that was not her relative or husband, it was considered a compliment. It meant that she felt safe enough to let her hair down around you without the fear of rape.

Weddings were not just a family party but also the town or village party too. So if your daughter was getting married, it was a chance to advertise all your other single daughters and neices. Bridesmaids were girls who were friends or related to the bride that were also unmarried. They also had to be virgins too. (Or believed to be) Also they did not wear a different color dress to the bride. They all wore the same color of the bride's choice. This was incase the bride said no or had escaped. So instead of leaving the groom embarrassed and ruining the father's repuation, they just chose a bridesmaid to marry the groom instead. Runaway brides were a common thing as most of the time the bride was not marrying a man of her choice but the choice of her father. The veil later came in to prevent her from seeing who she was marrying to help prevent panic. The trail became a fashion too incase she tried to escape. open back wedding dresses

You may now kiss the bride.
We all know that sex before marriages was frowned upon. But so was kissing before marriage too. So for many couples, their first kiss happened on their wedding day at the alta. After they were married the priest would say "You may now kiss the bride."

Marriage ceremonies.
A marriage ceremony, due to religion was simply just a vow. No priest, church or ring. Just a vow between one man and one woman in the name of God to be together for the rest of their lives. But often there were lies and scandals. Some men would marry a woman, have sex with her then pretend they never married. Some women would pretend they married a man when they didn't. So to avoid all confusions and scandals, they decided that if you marry, it's best to marry in a temple and by a priest to confirm the two of you are married. This was called "wedding" It was also a way of celebration and letting the community know that your married and it's not a sin for you to live and be together.

Drugs and religion.
In ancient times each God or Goddess was a God or Goddess of something. They also had their own temple where their something could be performed. Apart from religion the temple was often used as making and selling miracle potions which were in fact drugs. They made plenty of money as people became addicts. The kings and queens made lots of money from taxing these temples which was why there was less war over religion. The more Gods and Goddesses were, the more temples there were so the better it was. It was only the Hebrew religion which taught there was only one God became unpopular in the ancient world. The more people converted to the Hebrew religion, the less money the temples made.

Abortion and Slavery.
It's not secret that the ancient world ran on slaves. But not all slaves were captives from other empires or born of parents who were slaves. Most cities had it's own city dump. Unwanted babies were often dumped there and slave owners would often find them and keep them as slaves. This was considered abortion. Another form of abortion was the religion of the Cananites who worshipped Baal. Baal was a God of abortion and often portrayed as a metal statue of a bull with his arms out. They would place the bull on the fire so the metal would be red hot and then place the baby in his arms to be burned alive. The parents who did this believed they were sacrificing their child to serve Baal in the afterlife. In return they would recieve blessing from Baal or "Molech" as he was also known by.