Dating across cultures
Traditionally, this time of year was also popular for weddings.
Some historians point to the Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England as evidence of the fact that ancient humans used the June Solstice as a way to organize their calendars.
He is the author (with Dan Bradburd) of Drugs, Labor, and Colonial Expansion, Urban Mongols: Ethnicity in Communist China, and Sex, Death, and Hierarchy in a Chinese City. in Anthropology in 1986 from the University of California Santa Barbara.
William Jankowiak is Professor of Anthropology & Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research and teaching interests include ethnographic studies of contemporary Chinese society, especially Mongolian culture, as well as human universals such as love and family bonds.
It complemented the Winter Solstice that celebrated the heavens, masculinity and “yang” forces.
According to Chinese tradition, the shortest shadow is found on the day of the Summer Solstice.
After Christianity spread in Europe and other parts of the world, many pagan customs were incorporated into the Christian religion.
Whether the setting is a busy metropolis or a quiet farming village, a tension always exists between a community's sexual habits and customs and what it believes to be the proper context for love.
Even in Western societies, we prefer sexual passion to romance and companionship, and no study of any culture has shown that individuals regard passion and affection equally.
Many people light bonfires and stay up all night drinking, singing, and dancing.
There are many solstice observances held by New Age and Neopagan groups throughout the world.