10 Most Unique Rituals of Various Cultures Around The World
The world culture is truly diverse just like its people. For several years, different people from different parts of the world have been practicing various types of rituals. in addition, some of these rituals border on the absurd, while others are fascinating. However, one thing about this kind of practices is that they were initiated by our ancestors. The following is a list of 10 most unique rituals from various cultures around the world.
Most of us either bury our dead in a cemetery or take them to a crematorium. We feel that is the way to treat our dead loved ones with respect. But not the Melanesian people of Papua New Guinea. Believe it or not, they eat their dead!
2. Kanamara Matsuri
This is a unique ritual among the Japanese, otherwise called the penis festival! Did you say oh my God’? Imagine an erect giant wooden penis being paraded around town to bring good luck to your urinary apparatus. Doesn’t sound bad, does it? Catch it every year on March 15 (Image by sharkhats).
It is great misery to be a dead man among the Malagasy people of Madagascar. After they bury you, they will come back again and dig you up, dance hysterically while tossing your bones around before burying you again, just to hasten decomposition!
4. Religious Self-Mummification
Here’s an interesting fact about the Sokushinbutsu Buddhist monks of Japan. To self-mummify, they committed suicide by living on a seed and nut diet for a thousand days, poisonous tea to make their flesh unpalatable to the ubiquitous maggot for another thousand days before retiring to a tomb for the eternal slumber. What a nice way of sending your local embalmer to inflation!
5. Baby Jumping
Thanks to Adam and Eve’s bonking in the Garden of Eden against the good Lord’s pleasure, to cleanse their newborn babies of the original sin, villagers of Castrillo de Murcia in northern Spain have their infants laid out in the street to be jumped over by men dressed as the devil (Image by nickgammon).
6. Man down Russian Drinking Game
Now, imagine a game where three men compete to gulp down free bottles of vodka. The game only ends when one of them passes out!
7. Carrying Wife over Coal
In China, a husband should carry his wife and walk over red-hot coal when going to their house for the very first time. This ostensibly secures the wife an easy labor in the foreseeable future.
In India, when a husband died, the wife jumped into the fire cremating the husband’s body. This was a sort of insurance against an opportunistic angel stealing your husband in the afterlife!
9. Ritual Finger Amputation
All women and children related to a dead man among the Dani people of Papua New Guinea had to cut their own fingers to identify with the pain and sorrow of death. This gruesome ritual was also believed to drive away evil spirits.
10. Tibetan Buddhist Sky Burial
Apparently, Tibetan Buddhists will chop up your dead body and feed it to wild animals and predominantly vultures, hence the name sky burial.
All said and done, it is still a beautiful world with nice people despite of these cultural practices and beliefs.
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Featured image courtesy : Ajith U