We live in a world where traditions matter since they reflect what the ancestors used to do. At least that is what our parents have been telling me, and their parents also did the same. So, does that mean whatever they say, you have to put your faith in it because you haven't seen it or, think for yourself and know whether it is appropriate to follow the same traditions in the times of today?
Every culture and religion around the world have their uniqueness which makes it different from the rest. However, there are certain traditions followed by a varied spectrum of people over the globe which cannot be justified in any way.
The reason I insist and ask you to think again before following a tradition is that there are traditions you'll be reading now which are still adapted by people today, and some are even fatal.
They are too odd. Too bizarre!
But they do exist, and I have brought some of them together to form the below compilation.
Boys of the Amazonian tribe have to prove their manhood when they come of age by wearing a woven mitt in which deadly creatures called bullet ant are placed. Then, they wear these mitts on hands and dance for 10 minutes.
The bizarre part is that they have to repeat this at least 20 times in their lifetime.
The tradition which is followed by Sateré-Mawé people not only make the boys prove their manhood but also make them collect bullet ants from the Amazon forest. To provide you with a better picture, the gloves worn by them contain dozens of those ants, and each ant's sting is 30 times more painful than that of a bee.
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Thaipusam, a festival celebrated in Singapore amongst Hindu devotees. In this period, the devotees abstain themselves from eating with the belief that it will cleanse their bodies. That's nothing unusual, right? Well, people become a part of it with all kinds of body piercings. Some carry a milk pot too, but that is painful.
Thaipusam is celebrated on a full moon night which appears in the Tamil month of Thai. The man pictured has pierced his body before participating in the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa, Singapore.
This tradition is called Bomena in the eastern parts of the Himalayan kingdom where young men go out in search of love at night and for the same reason they break into the rooms of an eligible spinster. They spend the night there and in case caught, they have to marry the girl. A guy has much more risks of getting married because the entire family sleeps in the same room while the couple make-out, mostly.
The tradition was never known for night hunting originally. The traditional culture was earlier best known as prowling for girls.The man doesn't have a fixed date, and the sexual encounters one has can be solo or even a group activity. Although, the intercourse is consensual and there are rare chances of a girl to become the victim of rape.
The Yanomami people live in Amazon rainforests, with an approximate populace of 35,000 people living in 200-250 villages. They follow the ritual of endocannibalism, it's weird because they consume the ashes of dead people. They even preserve the ashes to consume in the years to come. This is how they do it:
They wrap the body of the deceased in leaves and place it in the forests of Amazon. After the insects consume the soft tissues of the corpse, they collect the bones, burn them and collect the ashes. The entire community then consumes a soup made from bananas, and the same soup has those ashes mixed in it.
No one in the community talks about the person who passed away except on the annual 'day of remembrance'. It is only on that day the preserved ashes are again consumed and is believed that this tradition gives the strength to the people of Yanomami and also the decease's spirit is alive in them.
Do you want to get rid of greed, lust, anger, confusion, stupidity, jealousy, ill-will, or intoxication (either by passion or drunkenness)? Well, then you should follow the tradition of Manusa Yadnya (ceremony for humans). They believe that a human will not be affected by all that's mentioned after getting their tooth filled. Have you hit puberty? Well, the reason is in the next image.
The reason I asked about your puberty because the people in Bali who put their faith in this tradition believe that it's an important life-cycle event and it should be done when a boy reaches puberty or in the case of a girl - menstruation. Are you married? You must be finding my questions as awkward as the traditions but yes if you haven't been married yet then it will matter.
The practice will also be effective if done before marriage and one can even incorporate it into their marriage ceremony. They consider that a father's duty towards a daughter are done after tooth filling. And, if one wants to then as a part of the same tradition, one can also do the teeth filling of a corpse before cremation.
The tradition is followed in the state of Karnataka where infants are thrown off the balconies of houses in order to bring good luck, health and prosperity in their lives. It almost feels as if an action scene of a film is being shot, the only difference is the surroundings echo with the cries of the little ones thrown off.
Balconies which are present at least 30 feet above the ground, the infant being thrown off has nothing but a piece of cloth held by a couple of people on the ground to have a secure landing. Hard-to-watch footage of the ceremony held each year has horrified children's rights groups, who have labelled it 'barbaric' and want it banned by the Indian government. However, the tradition has been celebrated for more than 500 years.
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