Romanian dating rituals
The countryside is the heart and soul of Romania, where peasant culture remains a strong force and medieval life prevails, as it does nowhere else in Europe.
A young American couple, researching ancient traditional villages in Europe for post-graduate studies, recently moved in with a host family in Northern Romania in order to document a culture unique in the world.
People are happy to meet foreign visitors, often inviting them into their homes for a meal and conversation.
For a true introduction to Romania's traditional villages, consider a home stay.
However, a study published in 2012 concluded that Romani populations have a high frequency of a particular Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA that are only found in populations from South Asia.
Picturesque villages (notably Ciocanesti, whose houses covered with painted flowers and geometrics make it arguably Romania' s prettiest village), spectacular mountain scenery and a unique museum smack in the middle of nowhere The Museum of the Tree Roots with a bizarre exhibit of figures sculpted from tree roots all beg inspection.
Gawking becomes even more demanding once Maramures is reached.
In those tribes or societies where women were in short supply, a man would want to be assured of at least one woman whom he would not have to share.
Some social historians argue that children presented the greatest incentive toward monogamy.