In ancient times, many of the first marriages were by capture, not choice.   When early man felt it was time to take a bride, he would often carry off an unwilling woman to a secret place where her relatives wouldn’t find them. While the moon went through all its phases, (about 30 days) they hid from the searchers and drank a honey sweetened alcoholic brew.  The drink, 'Mead', effects both sobriety and the acidity of the womb, thus increasing fertility.  Hence, we get the word, honeymoon.

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