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Photograph of a pair of wood-carved, painted ducks.

Mated for Life
Before a young girl in Korea was old enough to wed, her parents would ask a man who had a happy marriage and many sons to carve for her a pair of mated ducks. The ducks symbolized fidelity, unity despite difference, love and fertility, and embodied the wishes the parents held for their daughter's future marriage.
Courtesy of Bill Helmer