Creepiest Traditions In The World You Won't Believe Exist

Creepiest Traditions In The World You Won't Believe Exist

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.

1: Bullet ant gloves.

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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2: Hindu Thaipusam festival piercings.

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.

Entire body pierced

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.

3: Night hunting in Bhutan.

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.

4: Burial ritual Yanomami

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:

30-45 days

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.

5: Tooth filing, Bali.

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.

Even first menstruation

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.

Marriage ceremony

The practice will also be effective if done before marriage and one can even incorporate it into their marriage ceremony.

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