Indian dating rituals
One of the main rituals that were involved in Native American dating was known as the Crane Dance.
This dance was often when the women would dress up in bright clothing all decorated for the dance.
According to Hindu tradition and its sacred texts, only a male family member (such as a husband, father or son) can perform the last rites.
However, in some cases women have taken on this role.
Before the body is cremated, the immediate family members put flowers on the body, rice in the mouth (as nourishment for the departed soul), and coins in the hands.
The body is placed on a bier and taken to the cremation center.
Most cultures have unique dating and courtship rituals that are strictly follow, and the native Americans were no different in this.
When the person dies, the family is in a state of grief.
To respect this, no cooking is done in the house until the cremation takes place.
"That can happen after 13 days or 40 days--the specific number of days corresponds with caste and community." While prayers for the dead are common in all faiths, including Hinduism, the introduction of bhajans (religious hymns) set to music at a gathering of mourners are a later innovation for Hindus in both India and the diaspora.
"Frequently both here and in India you have the recitation of the thousand names of Vishnu," says Narayanan.
In Vedic times, there were incidents of the putrika--a daughter who could assume the role of a son.