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 every thing. 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 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.
This is done by smoothing down teeth and is believed to have good effects on the body and mind.
This is a tradition followed by the people of Madagascar in which they bring the bodies of their ancestors.
Generally practiced in Karnataka, this tradition is known to bring good luck.
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.
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.
An old tradition that is prohibited by law. But the tradition involved kidnapping a woman and then marrying her later.
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.
There is this tradition of extracting the cow blood and mixing it with cow milk to drink on special occasions.
This was a practice in which a woman immolates herself on her husband's pyre.
This was a practice generally among the Buddhist monks who observed asceticism till the point of death and then entered mummification while still alive.
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.
Priests and believers of the Shinto faith believed that walking over fire helped them achieve clarity of thought and also get over fears.
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.
This is a culture where young men go into houses of eligible women in search of love and romance.
These traditions have surely expanded our horizons about the cultures of this world.
That's a German custom, where one night before the wedding, the guests break porcelain products. It is believed that this brings luck to the couple. It is hard to believe that the couple is responsible for cleaning the resultant mess.
Monkey Buffet Festival is held every November 25th. That's about feeding the monkeys with a lavish buffet. Isn't that strange?
Elaborately saddled camels indulge in wrestling in the Aegean region in Turkey. Generally organised during the mating season, this tradition is on a decline.