anonymous asked:

Do you know why some European countries place their wedding rings on their right hand?

Oh, great question, too. I always wondered why some countries wear it on the left, but never looked it up. I’ll just copy something here:

“Before medical science discovered how the circulatory system functioned, people believed that a vein ran directly from the 4th finger on the left hand to the heart. Because of this, they chose the descriptive name vena amoris (vein of love). Based upon this, contemporary experts in the field of matrimonial etiquette wrote that it would only be fitting that the wedding ring be worn on this finger. By wearing it on the 4th finger of the left hand, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for each other.

In Western cultures, a wedding ring is traditionally worn on the ring finger. This developed from the Roman “anulus pronubis” when the man gave a ring to the woman at the betrothal ceremony. Blessing the wedding ring and putting it on the bride’s finger dates from the 11th century. In medieval Europe, the Christian wedding ceremony placed the ring in sequence on the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers of the left hand. The ring was then left on the ring finger. 

In a few European countries, the ring is worn on the left hand prior to marriage, then transferred to the right during the ceremony. For example, a Greek Orthodox bride wears the ring on the left, then moves it to the right hand after the wedding. In England, the 1549 Prayer Book declared “the ring shall be placed on the left hand”. By the 17th and 18th centuries the ring could be found on any finger after the ceremony — even on the thumb.”

In some countries such as Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, the Netherlands [if not Catholic], Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine, and Venezuela the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand.

In other countries, such as Australia, Botswana, Canada, Czech Rep, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA it is generally worn on the ring finger of the left hand. 

In Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, the ring is worn on the right hand until the actual wedding day, when it is moved to the left hand.

Syrian refugee & HuffPo writer about ‘angry’ Germans: “We don’t want to live in the same country as you, just leave Germany!”

This is Aras Bacho, a Syrian refugee of 18 who lives in Germany. He writes for Huffington Post and Der Freitag

Here are his enlightened words, kindly translated by @loser2k:
“We refugees and the Germans don’t want to live in the same country as you [anger-citizens, some new mock term for ‘racists’]. You might as well flee from Germany and please take Saxony and the AfD with you. Germany doesn’t suit you, why do you live here? Why aren’t you in another country? If this is your country, dear [anger-citizen], then behave normal. Otherwise you can just leave Germany and search for a new home.“

Some of his other works include “Of course Germany should give us money”“Of course Islam belongs in Germany”“Germany should make all signs in Arabic” and “Germans should buy us stuff like magazines and clothes”.

Some things he says show he (at least sometimes) comes from a place of good meaning, but the entitlement is of teh charts.

Once Again Trouble at Friedrichstrasse and Heavy Tanks Have Been Brought In, 10/25/1961 [Translated Title]

Series: Photographs Relating to World War II, the Cold War, and U.S. - West German Diplomatic, Economic, and Military Contacts, ca. 1951 - 1994Record Group 306: Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900 - 2003

Two months following the creation of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961.

Read more via the @jfklibrary at: The Cold War in Berlin - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.

The Holy Roman Empire at the time of Reformation. The Protestant Reformation was a schism from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by German professor of theology, composer, priest & monk Martin Luther in the 1500′s. Although there had been earlier attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church, Martin Luther is widely acknowledged to have started the Reformation with his 1517 work “The 95 Theses”. He began by criticizing the selling of indulgences, insisting that the Pope had no authority over purgatory and that the Catholic doctrine of the merits of the saints had no foundation in the gospel. The initial movement within Germany diversified, and other reform impulses arose independently. The spread of German contemporary Gutenberg’s printing press for the first time in history provided the means for the rapid dissemination of religious materials in the vernacular. The largest groups were the Lutherans and Calvinists. Lutheran churches were founded mostly in Germany, the Baltics, and Scandinavia, while the Reformed ones were founded in Switzerland, Hungary, France, the Netherlands, and Scotland. 

The Roman Catholic Church responded with a Counter-Reformation initiated by the Council of Trent. Much work in battling Protestantism was done by the well-organised new order of the Jesuits. In general, Northern Europe, with the exception of most of Ireland, came under the influence of Protestantism aka Lutheran churches. Southern Europe remained Roman Catholic and still is Catholic today. Read more about the Reformation. Religion tag.