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12 Most shocking cultural traditions

    Because this article is all about shocking cultural traditions so Let me first say that I appreciate all types of people and their cultures before I share this. In fact, travelling to other parts of the world to meet new people, sample their local food, experience their culture and heritage, and participate in it are all things that are on my bucket list.

    I adore travelling in that way. However, some procedures that are practised in some regions make little sense and, on the other hand, cause a lot of agony.

    It seems that we are very busy in our own world and the whole world is made up of people like us. but you know that the world is so big that it has many morals along with cultural diversity.

    Here are some my bucket list.

    1. Foot-binding

    Foot-binding was kind of style or fashion in early Chinese society. It started between the ages of 4 and 9, women had to wear shoes that were the same size. However, the procedure began with the toes being broken and then being firmly folded beneath a girl’s foot.

    foot-binding, a common Chinese cultural practice. Some women continued to engage in it until it was eventually made illegal in the early 20th century. At first, it was done in an effort to win the emperor’s favor and gain his concubine status.

    Most shocking cultural traditions, Foot-binding
    Horrified Foot Binding

    Every tied foot is drowned in a tub full of tears, as anyone can observe that it was so horrible painful. Women who had bound feet experienced major mobility issues and endured great suffering as a result.

    They usually had to walk on their heels because not doing so put their toes at risk of shattering again. After some time, campaigns were launched to eliminate the practice, but it wasn’t officially discontinued until 1912.

    Most shocking cultural traditions, Foot-binding
    A girl seating with force folded toes

    According to estimates, up to 50% of Chinese women once had bound feet. The tragic irony of this tale is that the crusade against the tied feet actually made them less appealing to society. And husbands frequently deserted wives who had done this. The history of foot binding is really depressing.

    2. Bull Fighting

    Next is Spain. Spain is known for its delicious cuisine, kind people, stunning landscapes, and virtually limitless cultural legacy. But Bullfighting, here in the name of culture, have many atrocities on the bulls. You may be thrilled to see the festival here but it is a disturbing ancient tradition.

    Most shocking cultural traditions, Foot-binding

    A bull is caged for hours, made angry, and then released into a circular arena where hundreds of Neanderthals watch as a group of “matadores” (killers, in Spanish) dressed as posh clowns annoy him for a while before deciding to just kill him and cut off his ears and tail while receiving a standing ovation from the audience.

    3. Toro Embolado -Bull on fire

    Toro Embolado -Bull on fire, Toro Embolado -Bull on fire
    Toro Embolado -Bull on fire

    Again in Spain, As you can see in the image, they tie a bull to a pole in a village’s central square and fasten it with an iron object that has two flammable balls on each end. Then they set them on fire and let the bull loose.

    The animal stomps, stumbles, becomes enraged (who wouldn’t ? ), annoyed, and disoriented before rushing away while others try to avoid being charged by him. Once more, this is a freaking party.

    4. Tribe who cut off fingers : Ikipalin

    The females from the remote secret Indonesian tribe amputate the tops of their fingers as part of a rite to ward off ghosts after their loved ones pass away. Finger cutting is thought to keep the agitated spirit of the deceased at bay and to symbolize the sorrow of bereavement. Some mothers even bite off their newborn’s fingers.

    Tribe who cut off fingers : Ikipalin
    When a loved one passes away, the women of the isolated Dani tribe in Indonesia’s Papua Province amputate their own finger.

    Ikipalin, their peculiar tradition of amputating fingers, was outlawed by the Indonesian government just few years ago. Nevertheless, since many elder female tribal members can be recognized by their hands, it’s thought that this practice still goes on covertly today.

    5. Tribal Apatani women

    There must be many such unsettling rites or practices taking place around the world that I am yet unaware of. The women of the isolated Apatani tribe of India, who reside in the Ziro Valley of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, have been tattooed on their faces from the forehead to the middle of their noses and on their chin for generations.

    Tribal Apatani women
    Brutal, doesn’t It?

    These women were reportedly incredibly attractive, and because of this, nearby tribal males kidnapped them. Instead of teaching the ladies self-defense or driving out these raids themselves, the village leaders from their own tribe made the women appear unsightly and hideous to outsiders.

    Tribal Apatani women
    Apatani women

    I was stunned. Just how do they breathe? It certainly hurts. And how about their self-assurance? Why should women bear the brunt of society’s neglect to provide for them? Why didn’t these women fight back and defend themselves?

    This tribe’s culture has been deeply ingrained with what began as a means of protection. Thank goodness, it was outlawed by the government in the 1970s, and no longer exists for women born after that time.

    6. Guest welcome by Himba tribe

    Namibia’s Himba tribe are a unique group of people. The women roam around bare-breasted, their skin and hair excessively coated in crimson paste.

    Himba tribe woman
    Gifting wives to guests: Namibia’s Himba tribe Woman seating outside her hut

    The men offer their wives as a “welcome gift” to the guests. In this, the women have no rights to withdraw from this. While their spouses sleep in another room, they are obligated to sleep with the male guests. Despite the fact that they think their tribe is not affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m still imagining the extent of the women’s exposure to STDs.

    7. Smashing coconuts on the head

    Thousands of devotees visit the Mahalakshmi Temple at Mettu Mahadhanapuram in the Karur District of Tamil Nadu on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi every year and voluntarily allow the priest to break coconuts on their heads for good fortune and health.

    The story behind this as per tradition that 187 stones in the shape of coconuts were discovered at the site of the temple.

    Smashing coconuts on the head
    A man try to brave during Smashing coconuts on the head

    The villagers opposed the British plan to bisect the temple with a railroad under the Raj. The British made a pact with them to try their loyalty, if they could shatter these stones on their heads, the railway line’s course would be adjusted. The villagers were successful in saving the temple. But may be other myth may be behind this.

    8. Wearing neck rings

    One such thing that somewhat worries me is wearing neck jewellery. I can’t help but think about how this stuffy, it must feel for the women to have those things clog their windpipe and to wear them constantly since they were young.

    Wearing neck rings
    The lady with neck ring

    Although it is widely practiced by the Kayan tribe in Myanmar, it is also prevalent in other regions of Asia and Africa. They think a woman’s neck length determines how attractive she is.

    girl having baby Wearing neck rings

    As a result, they wear brass neck rings that are tightly wound around their necks, lengthening the body part over time. These brass rings weigh a whopping 20 kg in total.

    The Kayan tribe likewise values braggadocio. They strive to show off their wealth by wearing pricey rings around their necks. They don’t have a specific explanation for this bizarre ceremony, which has persisted over the years and is still going on. However, many of the younger Kayan women are refusing to wear these rings in an effort to disprove these ingrained notion.

    9. Bachcha Bazi: Persian Boy Play

    This terrible, centuries-old practise known as “Bacha Bazi” (Persian for “Boy Play”) is still prevalent in Afghanistan. It is a tradition in which older males repeatedly sexually abuse young boys. The teens boys ages range from nine to eighteen. These boys are compelled to participate in “sexual entertainment” through coercion, kidnapping, or purchase.

    Bachcha Bazi: Persian Boy Play in afganistan
    Boys wearing some colorful wardrobe for bacha baazi

    They are made to act feminine and dance sensually in front of the group of senior guys. It also includes sexual enslavement and child prostitution.

    Bachcha Bazi: Persian Boy Play

    The powerful individuals who are forcing young lads to do these things could be warlords, police officers, politicians, tribal leaders, or other powerful males. These men frequently view owning “dancing boys” as a prestige symbol.

    10. Manual Scavenging

    Dalits, members of a lower caste, scavenge by hand in North Indian communities. Many parts of India, The villagers Dalits used to clean the communal toilets used by the higher caste members by hand.

    Being Indian, I feel ashamed of such inhumane behavior. It is a crime to treat a regular person like a slave. Is it not ? Sincerely, I feel too sorry for them. When a child reaches a certain age, even a mother finds it uncomfortable to clean up after them, but these folks do it manually.

    Manual Scavenging in dalits
    Manual Scavenging

    According to Human Rights Watch, despite the practice being prohibited, hundreds of thousands of poor “low caste” Indians are nonetheless required to clean human waste from open sewers and dry toilets (HRW).

    For several years, manual scavenging was practiced and still running many parts in India, specially caste bound villages. The fact that the custom is still practiced is harsh. How soon will the Dalits be freed ? I hope this response results in some social change.

    11. Cannibalism among Aghoris

    Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which is known as the country’s spiritual centre. Millions of followers gather to perform burial rites and take a dip in the holy and revered Ganga river.

    Aghor is that tantric part of Indian culture which started in the sixth century with the worship of Shiva. Although the Mysterious Aghoris, a small Hindu group that is well-known for its practice of consuming human flesh, also call Varanasi their home. They are known as the “Cannibal Cult” of India, and although living near crematories and travelling between India and Nepal, their fame considerably outstrips their actual stature.

    Cannibalism among Aghoris

    They frequently reside in crematoriums and constantly cover themselves in cremation ashes. Additionally, they garland him, decorate him, and perform various religious ceremonies using bones from human corpses. They particularly employ kapalas (human body skulls) to do dark magic and to drink or consume anything inside of them. They are rarely seen in societies or temples because they often reside in thick jungles.

    The Lord Shiva, according to the Aghori, is in charge of all that occurs in the universe. The only force in the universe that has control over everything is Shiva. They explained that Lord Shiva created everything in this universe, whether it is living or dead, and that you cannot hate him.

    12. Tossing infants

    At times, faith surpasses logics and compels us to act without ever considering the consequences. Both Hindus and Muslims have long engaged in the odd habit of tossing babies. Babies are dropped from a height of 50 feet at Baba Umer Dargah near Sholapur, Maharashtra and caught in a sheet by ready men.

    The Sri Santeswar temple in the Karnataka state, which is close to Indi, follows a similar tradition. This tradition has been practised for more than 700 years, and it is said to bring wealth to the family.

    These instances are being looked into by the National Commission for the Protection Of Child Rights. There have been no recorded injuries, say the organizers.

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