People across the world share a strong relationship with their rituals and customs that have been practised by their community for ages. Although some of the rituals are justified in their conduct, there are a majority of them which are bizarre due to the acts that are associated with them.
There are several such rituals practised by people of different religions, tribes and communities. All these rituals often sound very unusual and absurd for all those who are not associated with them.
Checkout the top 10 Most Bizarre Traditions In The World in 2017-2018
10. PIERCINGS IN THE THAIPUSAM FESTIVAL
In the countries where the people from Tamil community reside like India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius etc. the devotees show their devotion to Lord Murugan through body piercings. These piercings are often related to the killing of the demonic spirit called Soorapadman using some weapon like the spear. Of late people have been associating the festival with more pain including piercing of tongues, weapons through the chest and backs. The ritual is gradually becoming more dramatic and colourful and more and more people are participating in the tradition to offer their devotion to the supreme lord.
9. BOMENA IN BHUTAN
In Bhutan, the male bachelors seeking marriage set out in the night. They sneak into the rooms of eligible ladies and spend the night there. This is one of the most controversial practices that are still alive in today’s world since this leads to rapes and a breach in the privacy of the women of the region. If caught, the men need to marry the girl or even work in the fields of her father as punishment. This makes the ritual one of the most bizarre rituals that are practised across the world.
8. BULLET ANT GLOVES
Bullet ants have the most painful sting in the world and the pain from their sting is often compared to the bullet hitting the body. The sexually mature young boys of the Satere Mawe tribe of the Amazon gather these bullet ants which are subsequently drugged and placed inside a mesh glove. These boys have to put on these gloves and suffer the stings of these ants which are aggressive due to captivity. They have to keep the gloves on for about 10 minutes and dance in the due course to divert their minds off the pain. Every young lad of the tribe has to undergo the pain for about 20 times to prove that they are men.
7. BURIAL RITUAL, BRAZIL
The burial rituals of the Yanomami tribe in Venezuela and Brazil are one of the most bizarre rituals and customs that are practised across the world. The bodies of the dead are burnt and the ash is mixed in a soup that is consumed by the family members of the person. It is the belief of the tribe that they can keep the spirit of the dead alive in them forever by ingesting the remains. In this way the soul can also find peace and solace and refrain from haunting others.
6. BATHROOM BAN IN TIDONG COMMUNITY
This odd ritual is widely practised in the Tidong community in Indonesia. This ritual follows the traditional wedding ceremony in the tribe and in this ritual; the newlyweds are banned from using the bathroom or the toilet for three days after the wedding date. It is a belief that if someone fails to follow the custom, the couple will be hit by extreme bad luck and misfortunes like still birth. Hence the couple are watched by several people who ensure that they do not fail in the ritual. They are also provided with minimal quantities of food and drinks during the time.
Famadihana is a festival that is common in the country of Madagascar and other nearby areas. People bring the dead bodies of their ancestors and adorn them with fresh clothes and dance with them around the tomb. The festival is expected to create a strong bond between the dead and the living and also brings together the families with common ancestors. The funding for the festival is done by the families of Razana. On the festival day, the family members of the dead dress well and visit the tomb to see the remains of their ancestors. They also dance to the traditional tunes that are played. The festival takes place once in 7 years.
4. FINGER CUTTING
This bizarre ritual is practised by the people from the Dani tribe in the Baliem Valley in West Papua, New Guinea. As a sign of displaying grief during the funeral ceremonies, the people of the tribe chop off their fingers. This is generally done by the close relatives of the person who died. Cutting off the fingers at the funeral ensures that the body and the soul of the person who has cut the finger would remain with the person who died. Apart from this, the people also smear their faces with ash and clay as a mark of sorrow.
3. BABY THROWING
If a couple is blessed with a child after praying near Lord Santeswar in the state of Karnataka, the baby is thrown off from a height of 50 feet and is caught using a cloth. The roots of the festival dates back to 500 years and both the Hindu and Muslim families have been practising the same for ages now. The ritual is celebrated in the first week of December in the expectance of bringing good luck, health and prosperity to the new born babies. Every year about 200 babies are thrown and the ritual takes place amid tight security.
2. GEREWOL FESTIVAL
This is a festival which aims towards breaking all the stereotypes. In this festival men wear fascinating dresses in front of them and display their talents which is usually done by the women. The ritual also comprises of a dance competition where the winner among the participating men is selected basing on the looks and dancing skills. The people of the Wodaabe tribe practise this ritual.
1. MOURNING IN MUHARRAM
The ritual takes place in the first month of the Islamic calendar and is a primary festival of the Shia Islam community. The day celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala. On the tenth day of the festival, which is termed as Ashura, the Shia Muslims engage is a mass mourning in form of body whipping using special chains which have razors and knives attached with them. People of all age groups take part in the ritual and often the parents force their children to take part in the ritual. Generally the ritual is practised in Iran, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Pakistan and Lebanon.
All the people practising such rituals have strong faith associated with them. They believe that by fulfilling all these rituals they can achieve certain milestones in their lives. All these festivals were introduced into the society by the ancestors and have been celebrated by their progeny since ages. All these rituals have protected themselves from the advancements in the world and the change in the mindsets of the people and still continued to be followed by the people. In some way or the other all these rituals that are followed across the world tend to bind the people of the community together through their common beliefs.