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September 23, 2018

Top Strange Tradition in The World

Every belief and culture has a strange tradition or ritual. But it seems that this belief can only be accepted by those who truly believe in the myth behind ancestral traditions.

Many countries in the world are still carrying out traditional ceremonies to mark life's milestones: birth, marriage, transition to adulthood, and death.

Not infrequently the ritual is carried out in a strange way, which may not make sense. There are groups of people who carry out the rituals of the beliefs they hold, there are also those who carry on the traditions of hereditary ancestors.

Like for example the Thaipusam Hindu Festival. During the Thaipusam feast day, Hindus announced their service to Lord Murugan by stabbing various parts of their bodies.

Usually, this ritual is carried out by Tamil people in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar.

The Thaipusam Hindu Festival is held by Tamil people in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar. (Wonderlist)

At Tamil Nadu, they celebrated the birth of Lord Murugan and the killing of Soorapadman - an evil force - by piercing their bodies, including the tongue.

As time went on, the celebration ritual became more dramatic, colorful, and bloody. Small spears and large hooks were placed on their chests and faces.

An example of the next strange tradition is La Tomatina. This is the biggest tomato "war" in the world held in the city of Valencia, Buñol, Spain. The event was held on the last Wednesday of August. The participants throw each other tomatoes and engage in painless battles.

There are many theories about La Tomatina. But the most popular is the story of 1945, when the "gigantes y cabezudos" parade was held.

At that time, a number of young people who wanted to join the event were brawling in the main square of the city, Plaza del Pueblo.

Nearby, there is a vegetable kiosk. Because they did not carry weapons to attack, they used tomatoes in all stalls to be used as weapons instead.

The police intervened to break up the dispute and told them to be responsible by paying all the damage.

Then, what unique rituals are offered from countries in the world? What are the rituals like? Why do many consider it strange?

1. Bullet Ant Gloves

Bullet Ant Gloves
The tradition of wearing ten-minute bullet ant gloves on Amazon, South America. (Wonderlist)

For the Satere-Mawe tribe in the Amazon, South America, when a boy grew up, he was taken to the forest with a physician and other boys his age.

They were asked to find and collect bullet ants (Paraponera clavata). Bullet ants have very strong toxins and can paralyze their prey. The pain caused by the bite of this ant is said to be greater than that of other Hymenoptera (insect biology orders).

After the ants are collected, these animals are put into a glove made of woven bamboo and inserted in a stinger (a kind of midrib).

The ants are then sedated using traditional ingredients given by physicians. While ants are not aware of the influence of drugs, the boy puts their hands in the glove.

When the ants begin to realize, they find themselves trapped, then angry and aggressive. While the child is obliged to wear the gloves for ten minutes, while dancing to divert the mind from pain.

However, the young Satere-Mawe tribesmen had to endure this pain 20 times, before finally they could prove that they were real men.

2. Throwing a Baby

Baby Throw Ritual
Baby throwing rituals in India. (Wonderlist)

Other strange rituals come from India. In this land of Taj Mahal, there is a ceremony to throw a newborn baby. However, baby safety is still preferred.

When a baby is thrown from a 50-foot-high temple, a number of people are ready to catch it from under the temple using a white cloth. He spread the cloth wide so that when the baby was dropped he remained safe.

Baby throwing rituals have been going on for the last 500 years in India. At the beginning of the story, a long time ago a couple swore at Sri Santeswar temple near Indi, in the state of Karnataka.

If they have children, they will routinely perform rituals to thank the gods. After the child has been granted a prayer, they immediately hold such a ritual, throwing the baby from above the temple as an illustration that the child is a direct gift from the god.

Now, the ritual takes place in the first week of December. Baby throwing rituals are believed to bring health, prosperity and luck to the newlyweds. While most babies who are thrown under two years old.

3. Cut the fingers

Finger Cutting Ritual
Finger cut ritual in Dani, Papua, Indonesia. (Wonderlist)

The Dani (or Ndani) are indigenous people who inhabit the fertile land of the Baliem Valley in West Papua, Papua, Indonesia. Members of this tribe cut their fingers to show sorrow during the funeral.

When amputated, they also smeared their faces with ash and clay as an expression of sadness.

They will cut their fingers as a form of love to someone who dies. When someone in the Dani tribe dies, his relatives - like his wife or husband - cut their fingers and bury them with the body of their husband or wife.

The finger of a Dani tribe is considered as a soul who will always live together with his partner. The number of fingers cut depends on the number of people who died loved.

4. Dancing with the body

Famadihana Festival
Famadihana Festival or dancing with bodies, this ritual is carried out in Madagascar. (Wonderlist)

Famadihana is a funeral tradition in Madagascar. This ritual is carried out by issuing ancestral bodies (based on family tree), wrapping them back with new sacred cloth, then mourners partying by dancing around the body, of course accompanied by musical accompaniment.

In Madagascar, this ritual is carried out every seven years. The tradition is considered to be able to unite large families in the celebration of kinship.

Actually this is a moment to honor a family that is left dead. The relatives sent the dead bones to the family's house and renewed the tomb.

This is considered to unite the "ties" between the deceased spirits and surviving families. The main motive of the ritual begins with the belief of the local community that the dead will go to God and be reborn or reincarnated.

5. Tooth file

Tooth File Rituals
Tooth file rituals are conducted in Bali, Indonesia. (Wonderlist)

One of the biggest Hindu religious ceremonies in Bali, Indonesia is gearing. This ceremony is very important in Balinese culture as a process of travel from puberty to adulthood.

This ritual is aimed at all Balinese adult men and women, and must be completed before marriage. Even sometimes teeth are done together with a wedding ceremony.

The tooth file ritual was performed by tidying up the teeth, including incisors. In the Balinese Hindu belief system, this celebration helps people free themselves from all the invisible forces of evil.

They believe that teeth are a symbol of lust, greed, anger, confusion and jealousy. Rituals make teeth strong and physically strong.


6. Prohibition of Using a Post-Marital Bathroom

Tidung Tribe Marriage
Marriage of the Tidung tribe in northern Kalimantan. (Wonderlist)

Marriage in the Tidung tribe, northern Kalimantan, Indonesia is run with a unique tradition. The groom is not allowed to see the bride's face until he sings some of his love songs.

Curtains that separate the couple should only be raised after the request to sing love songs is filled, then they can look at each other on a small pulpit.

However, the strangest thing about this wedding ceremony was that the bride and groom were not allowed to use the bathroom for three days and three nights after marriage.

The Tidung believe that if the ritual is not carried out, then the terrible thing will color the couple's household life: marriage, infidelity, or the death of their children at a young age.

So, the couple is also supervised by several people. Both are only allowed to consume small amounts of food and drinks. After three days passed, they were bathed and allowed to return to normal life.

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