Sometimes while reading certain passages of a book I experience a sense of beauty. As a Record Keeper I feel like saving those fragments somewhere, so I can take a look at them again in the future. On top of that the internet makes it easy for others to read these 'pearls of beauty' as well.

What follows is a part from the seventh book in the Ringing Cedar Series by Vladimir Megré on Anastasia.

"A comparative analysis of today's wedding rites and the one described by Anastasia fosters the impression that today's rites are more characteristic of an undeveloped primitive society, while those of the Ancient Rus' belong to a civilisation which highly developed in every sense of the word. For example:

Among a number of peoples today, including Russians, there is a ritual activity of showering the newlywed couple wil cereal grains. One of the mothers or grandmothers or relatives of the newlyweds scatters cereal grains in front of the couple on their way into their home or throws it over the couple themselves as a token of happiness for the future family.

This kind of activity today is associated with superstition or esoterica. There is no other rational explanation for it. What sense is there  in seeds of grain simply falling on the floor, asphalt or pathway leading to the house where they will immediately get trampled on and crushed?

The ritual described by Anastasia also includes a special act involving cereal grains. But here, right off, one can associate it with several distinct and clearly thought-through rational purposes.

All the wedding guests - relatives, friends and acquintances - bring with them seeds from their best plants, and each one plants by his own hand the little seed he has brought with him in the spot designated by the newlywed couple.

In terms of material wealth, it is not simply betokened but actually achieved in practice by the special act described. In just a brief space of time - an hour or two - the newlyweds have the makings of their future orchard, drawing upon the best fruit and berry plantingsin the neighborhood, as well as a vegetable garden and a green hedge wherewith to frame their Space." (pp.150-151)