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Weird Traditions From Around The World That Will Make You Feel The Cringe

There has always been a time when each of us has smirked at the unnecessary traditions practiced in our communities. We have rather sounded rebels who question each and everything. There are times when we require explanations for the way things are done, and also why are they done in the first place. Here we get to such traditions from around the world that will make you question the thought process of humans. Some of them are so brutal that you would want to simply go ahead and stop them right now. From the ancient practice of Sati in India to the foot binding in China to sky burial, there are many traditions that mark the fabric of humanity on this earth.Read on to know the absurd realities.This piece does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any community. This is just an informative piece.

1. Thaipusam Festival Piercings

Hindu worshippers practice body piercing to celebrate the festival of Thaipusam.Source

#2. Balinese Culture's Tooth Fillings

This is done by smoothing down teeth and is believed to have good effects on the body and mind. Source

#3. Famadihana Dancing With The Dead

This is a tradition followed by the people of Madagascar in which they bring the bodies of their ancestors.Source

#4. Baby Throwing In India

Generally practiced in Karnataka, this tradition is known to bring good luck.Source

#5. Finger Cutting Of Dani Tribe

This is a tradition followed by women of the tribe when a near one is no more in the family. This is a sign of grief that she will bear for her entire life.Source

#6. Foot Binding

This was a common practice in China, which carried on for a thousand years. This was done in Chinese girls of nearly the age of 6, so that their feet do not grow normally. This led to immense deformity.Source

#7. The Practice of Sati.

This was a practice in which a woman immolates herself on her husband's pyre.Source

#8. Self-Mummification

This was a practice generally among the Buddhist monks who observed asceticism till the point of death and then entered mummification while still alive.Source

#9. Sky Burial

It is a funeral practice in which a human corpse is taken to a mountaintop and placed there to decompose and be eaten by the scavenging animals.Source

#10. Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan.

An old tradition that is prohibited by law. But the tradition involved kidnapping a woman and then marrying her later.Source

#11. Fire Walking

Priests and believers of the Shinto faith believed that walking over fire helped them achieve clarity of thought and also get over fears.Source

#12. Living with the dead.

The practice of keeping the deceased in the house until burial. The belief behind this was that it protects the soul from leaving the body until the burial.Source

#13. Cow Bloodletting.

There is this tradition of extracting the cow blood and mixing it with cow milk to drink on special occasions.Source

#14. Skin Cutting

There is this ritual in which skin is cut to resemble that of a crocodile. It is then filled with clay and tree oil to give them the bumpy texture.Source