7 Most Bizarre Traditions around the World
We all live in our own little corner of the world with traditions, cultures, and lifestyle that are unique only to us. There are some traditions that we are not exactly fond of and might even think of them as weird and embarrassing, but if you actually get to know about some of the traditions that are practiced around the world, then we can safely say that yours are as sane as it gets. From awe-inspiring to humbling, disgusting to outright inhuman, I guess bizarre is a pretty small word to define these unusual customs.
While it is impossible to tell which one is more bizarre than the other, here we have picked out some of the most shock-inducing ones:
1. Being single is dangerous in Denmark:
As if our self-esteem isn’t already doing a good job, being single at 25 in Denmark means you’ll be attacked by cinnamon powder. Just wait for it because it actually gets more dangerous–or embarrassing. If you are still single at the age of 30 then you are ambushed and attacked with peppers!! Yes, peppers with all their itching, sneezing side-effects.
2. Cutting off fingers:
A death of a family member in the Dani tribe of Indonesia brings more than just grief; it brings physical pain. This tradition couldn’t get more revolting. Every time a family member passes away, the women of the tribe cut off a part of their finger and then burn the remaining fingers to form scar tissue.
3. Living with the dead:
The Indonesian tribe of Toraja actually pays respect to their dead by digging up their corpse, dressing them in special clothes and parading them around the village. Be it be a child, adult or elderly, they do it frequently to clean garments, coffins and the corpse of the dead–or whatever is left of it.
4. Funeral of Eskimos:
When Eskimos reach a very old age or when their end seems near they are sent off in a floating iceberg to face what comes next. This is their way of showing that even in death they are not a burden on anyone and are just heading towards their afterlife.
A part of Hindu population celebrates their Thaipusam holidays by piercing several parts of their bodies. In order to imitate the heroism of their Lord Murugan who killed a resentful spirit with a spear, the followers put the same sort of weapon in their bodies. One of the most common and painful ones includes sliding a big spear through the tongue.
6. Offending gifts:
Who would have thought that gifts like handkerchiefs, clocks, flowers and straw sandals could ever offend anyone? But if you live in China, it does. This particular set of things is associated with funerals and death, while giving these gifts is similar to laughing at someone’s death–at their funeral.
7. Pointed teeth:
We would have never imagined pointed teeth as a sign of beauty, but for people of Mentawai Tribe in Indonesia, it is one. It would be all good and nice if these pointed teeth were acquired while sitting in a dentist’s chair, but unfortunately for the women of Indonesia, this beauty costs them unbearable pain as it is done using hammers and needles.
While some of these traditions are harmless yet there are ones that are borderline crazy. So what do you say? Still, think your traditions are more cringe worthy?
A Selection of Tradition Quotes
“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book
“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” ~ Jacques Barzun
“Tradition:’ one of those words conservative people use as a shortcut to thinking.” ~ Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum
“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ~ Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
“It’s in our nature to want to watch our human frailties played out on a huge, epic canvas. Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama: fathers and sons, star-crossed lovers, warring brothers, martyred heroes. Tales that taught us the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. It’s the everyday stuff of everyman’s life, but it’s writ large, and we love it.” ~ Tom Hiddleston
“When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s tradition.” ~ Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America
“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ~ Gustav Mahler
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