Most of the customs and rituals that have been preserved in our society to this day contain rather harmless and most widespread traditions, unlike other, less well-known traditions that carry special cruelty and excessive danger to human life. There are quite a lot of such rites today; we will talk about some of them in our interesting article.
Self-mummification or suicide?
The tradition of turning your life into a nightmare originated in Japan in the late 19th century. People really believed that by mummifying themselves, they would achieve spiritual enlightenment and would never be reborn again in the future.
The process itself took a lot of time, about 6 years. To begin with, a person who decided on such a desperate step, sat on a strict diet, which included only nuts and seeds. This should have lasted 1000 days. With the help of such nutrition, a person completely lost fat.
The next 1000 was dedicated to expelling fluids from the body. To do this, it was necessary to eat only the roots and bark of the pine. If after that at least someone managed to survive, he was given poisonous tea, which was prepared from the juice of a lacquer tree. This caused diarrhea and vomiting, which contributed to the complete removal of water from the body of the "future mummy".
After that, the “suicide” (you can’t call him another way) sat down to meditate in anticipation of his death in a small sealed room. Fortunately, self-mummification was banned in the 20th century, but, unfortunately, there are even more sophisticated and terrible rituals, which we will discuss below.
The ominous sacrament of Tshed
Allow me to briefly transfer you, dear reader, to the harsh Land of Snow, ascetic anacorets and powerful magicians. Welcome to Tibet! Local mystics still practice one very unusual rite, called "Tshed." To carry it out, the ascetic must go to some uninhabited place. A gloomy gorge, forest thicket or an abandoned old cemetery is ideal.
The magician’s apprentice is waiting for the dark, and then begins to play the ritual instrument kanglingmade of human femur. In this way, he calls demons, ghouls, ghouls.
A terrible evil spirits is called and devours the body of the student, which he voluntarily offers them as a sacrifice. Of course, demons exist only in the head of the unfortunate, for outsiders they are not visible. But this makes it no easier for him.
Do you know the concept of psychosomatic or phantom pain? So, the person who performs the ritual "Tzhed", in fact, is experiencing a real pain shock. He physically feels how certain monsters tear his flesh, tear ligaments and tendons. Ultimately, he “dies” in order to “resurrect” in the morning and continue his strange practice.
The terrible rituals “Tsched” was seen by the famous French traveler David Nile (author of the book “Mystics and Mages of Tibet”). According to her, after performing dozens of Tshed rituals, Tibetans lost weight dramatically and looked more like living skeletons than people.
Aztec bloody sacrifices
The Aztecs believed that a new day would not come if you did not offer fresh blood to the sun god. Moreover, the ritual blood must certainly be human. Therefore, most of the captives whom this warlike tribe captured in battle perished on the altars erected in honor of the cruel god.
According to the manuscripts that have reached us, the victim was pre-sealed with a certain drink, the recipe of which, of course, was kept in secret by the priests. After that, the captives could not resist, they hardly understood the reality surrounding them. However, it is not known whether the mysterious drink had an analgesic effect ...
The terrible rite, which was supposed to appease the Aztec gods, began at exactly noon, when the sun was at its zenith. The priest opened the chest of a living captive and threw a still quivering heart on the altar of his god. After that, it was supposed to light a ritual fire, from which every hearth was kindled in the city where the ceremony was held.
Carrion for a snack
A very sophisticated form of cannibalism is practiced in some regions of India today. In particular, adherents of this “glorious” tradition are representatives of the religious sect of Aghori. They eat the bodies of deceased tribesmen to get rid of the fear of their own death. Moreover, even small children take part in this ritual!
In Tibet, the dead should be cremated, for digging graves in frozen ground are very difficult. However, there are very few trees in the mountains of Snow Country, so only wealthy people can afford this luxury. Tibetans are "simpler" to be torn to pieces by wild animals and vulture birds. Specially trained people crush the bones and muscles of the deceased with stones, and then leave the body not to be eaten.
The rich dead are washed before cremation in large cauldrons, in which they then cook meat and other treats for those who come to the wake. I must say that there is no shortage of people who want to taste the food. Meat is a real delicacy for many Tibetans.
In the arms of "icy" death
Not all the most terrible rites have completely outlived themselves. Some Eskimo tribes have preserved a rather eerie ritual, demonstrating their attitude to old age and death. When a person becomes incapacitated, his relatives leave him on a floating ice floe. Cold or hunger will inevitably finish off their victim, forced to meet death in complete solitude.
However, one should not blame the Eskimos for disrespectful treatment of the elderly before time. It turns out that their custom is dictated not only by mercantile motives and the desire to get rid of the burden. The Eskimos believe that in this way they help the elderly with honor to go to another world.
Consecration by poisonous ants
Mentally transported from the cold North to the hot South Africa Many tribes inhabiting this continent have preserved rather strange customs of initiating a boy into a man. Let's talk about one of them.
In order to prove his right to be a warrior, to take part in hunting and in the council of the tribe, the young man had to lower his hand for 10 minutes in a vessel filled with the most poisonous ants! Biting insects inflict infernal pain on the subject, but this is far from the most serious problem.
Under the influence of large doses of poison, the skin on the arm may turn black and partially freeze. Sometimes temporary paralysis occurs, and nerve endings recover over long months. Some subjects were dying because their immune system could not cope with the action of the poison.
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What are babies to blame for?
In India (the state of Maharashtra), the most terrible rituals of the world are still practiced in the Grishneshvor Temple. One of them is dropping infants from a 15-meter height. Yes, yes, you heard right, that’s it. This is necessary so that the child in the future has the mind, luck and health. The ritual is that a naked baby is raised to a 15-meter height and thrown. Downstairs he is waiting for dad and his "inadequate successors" who are catching a baby with an unfolded white sheet. The fact remains that over the past 1.5 centuries, 3 children have crashed. Why Hindus rejoice at this is not yet fully understood. After all, the child for the rest of his life remains with serious psychological trauma and is significantly behind in development.
"Minghun," or posthumous marriage
In China, in the West, to this day, the most terrible customs and rituals are practiced that do not lend themselves to any logic and common sense. One of them is as follows: a man or woman who has never been married in his whole life has to be buried in a pair with a dead man of the opposite sex. Horror! The Chinese believe that, performing such a rite, they will provide the deceased with a happy life with a "neighbor in the grave." Parents of the “dead bride” should be paid $ 1200 (ransom of the bride). Such a custom has terrifying consequences. The dead trade in China has long been known, but that is not all. People began to go crazy, desecrating the graves of the dead.
In recent years, according to the local press, the number of desecrations has increased significantly. One such case occurred in Yanchuan Province. A young woman tried to buy a girl’s corpse, which no one had taken from the morgue. She explained this by the fact that her deceased brother comes to her in a dream and demands to immediately bring him the "future wife". Agree, just a nightmare! Even worse, if for some reason the bride or groom died on the eve of the marriage ceremony, the wedding ceremony still had to take place. Thus, the living bridegroom had to marry the "dead bride." Horror!
Vultures dead: rite or bloodthirsty cruelty?
Another fierce tradition, included in the “most terrible rituals” section, is from Tibet. Although it has been practiced for quite some time in the United States (Delaware). The receivers of the Buddha always believed that after death the soul leaves, and the human body does not mean anything, it is like an empty dry tree that must be removed from the world. To do this, the "well-wishers" came up with the idea of giving the "carrion" to the vultures (not to lose good). They dismembered the body into small pieces and gave the birds to eat.
But that is not all. After only the bones are left from the body, they grind them and make tortillas from flour, which are eaten by smaller birds.
The terrible rites of different tribes also consist in the following: some, in order to always feel the presence of their deceased relative, grind his bones into flour and mix them with bananas. I think many people have guessed what they do next with their children (for the dull, they eat it).
This tradition is from the category of “most terrible modern rituals”, which is practiced in India to this day. Moreover, children participate in this “fear”. An Indian tribe called Aghori, in order to get rid of the fear of their own death, eat dead tribesmen who cannot be cremated (saints, pregnant women, children, unmarried women who died from an insect bite or lepers). They believe that “going to another world” is an obstacle to spiritual enlightenment. Before eating the "carrion" of the deceased, they thoroughly soak it in river water and then eat it.
The most terrible rituals are known to occur in China. Fortunately, many of them are not practiced in the modern world. One of these is the "lotus legs." The thing is that in old China, the one whose feet resembled a lotus was considered to be beauty. For this, girls at the age of 4 were tightly bandaged with bandages, which gave them unforgettable torment. So they walked up to 10 years. After that, the girls were taught a mincing and swaying gait (2-3 years). And then they were ready for marriage. The most interesting thing is that the girls were proud of their legs, despite the excruciating pains.
"The walking corpses"
As has long been known, scary rituals related to black magic are practiced in Indonesia. One of them actually excites consciousness. The ritual is held in a city called Toraji. No matter how strange it may sound, but there the corpses themselves go to their graves. And this happens because the cemetery there is quite far away, so local residents ask for help from the black sorcerers, who temporarily revive the deceased, and he independently goes to the place of his burial. The only condition is that no one should touch the "living corpse", otherwise he will fall and will not rise again.
Unnecessary old people
This tradition, according to the author, is simply the height of cruelty and insanity. And it consists in the fact that those who, to put it mildly, are fed up with the old people, and caring for them is a burden to them, kill them. What do they do with those whose life is about to end? When a person reaches a peak of helplessness, local residents simply take him to the ocean and place him on an iceberg, where the poor man either freezes or dies of hunger. Some, in order not to suffer, themselves jump into ice water. This is the attitude of the Eskimos to the elderly.
Poison Ant Mitten
The most terrible rituals of the world are held in South Africa. One of them is the boy's initiation into men. To do this, the baby must put his hand in a mitt, filled with the most poisonous ants in the world. The hand must be there for at least 10 minutes. Most often, such a ritual leads to blackening of the hand or temporary paralysis. The worst thing is that after such an initiation, most die from pain shock. If a man has expressed a desire to become a real warrior, he must go through the procedure 20 times or more. It is easy to guess that up to 20 times hardly anyone will survive.
Fortunately, this ritual was banned back in the 20s of the 19th century. The thing is that in India, the body of the deceased is usually burned. The worst thing is that his wife should have followed him. “In what sense?” You ask. The woman had to wear the most beautiful outfit, go around the burning husband 7 times and join him. Yes, yes, burn with him alive to continue to live together in the next world. Like this! Interestingly, if the wife was dying, would the husband follow her?
Human stupidity and cruelty do not recognize any boundaries, this is proved by some religious rituals and customs, which supposedly glorify God and teach children the mind. In most cases, they are invented by mentally unstable people or by real deceivers.
The African people living in the Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia have become famous for their bloodthirstiness and militancy. In the Mursi religion, an important place is occupied by the worship of death in the guise of the supreme deity Yamda. It is not surprising that the murder is not considered by the representatives of this group as something illegal.
Most often, men of the tribe fight with neighbors over the territory, but they can fight among themselves. There is always a reason: I liked the same girl, I want to take a leading position among fellow tribesmen or simply demonstrate excellent military training. Contractions are very cruel and often end in death. It is not customary to punish the killer, but he must transfer one of the women of the family to the family of the deceased.
Mursi has very peculiar ideas about beauty and feminine virtues. Here, they take not the best mistress for wives, but a girl with the largest plate in her lip. If the applicant does without this painful and uncomfortable decoration, her chances of getting married are slim. A round plate of burnt clay or wood (dhebi) is inserted into the cut lower lip for girls who are 12 years old. As it grows, the diameter of the plate increases and can reach 12 cm. Why do Mursi women need such a “jewel” that changes facial expressions and requires the removal of lower and sometimes upper front teeth?
Western scholars suggest that earlier Africans deliberately disfigured themselves to alienate the slave traders. But perhaps dhebi is an echo of a more ancient tradition associated with matriarchal culture. This is indirectly confirmed by one of the most terrible family rites of the Mursi, called the “Death Bite”.
Datura on a plate
During lovemaking, women of the tribe offer their husbands a light drug made from local herbs, laying it on a plate in the lip.Husband licks a stupefying potion, tries a little and his other half. Sharing a drug replaces a pair of traditional kisses. Then the man falls asleep closer to the center where the stupefying plants smoke, gradually enveloping him with their smoke.
At the same time, the high priestess of the village, who is chosen among married women, is preparing another drug with stronger narcotic components that cause poisoning. Entering each house in turn, she blows from her dhebi the poisonous mixture into the mouth of sleeping men. This is the "bite of death." After a short period of time, the poisoner visits her victims again and gives them an antidote, but not to everyone.
One of the Mursi warriors never wakes up after a “bite”. It is believed that the gods themselves indicate to the priestess whose path must end, and no one interferes with her actions.
According to Mursi's religious beliefs, every male warrior has a death demon and must be released, released from the body - the dungeon. The corpses of poisoned husbands are not buried, but boiled to remove poison and eat.
Despite their aggressiveness, Mursi are not alienated by tourists. They are happy to pose in front of the camera for the money for which they buy alcohol and firearms. But those who want to take a selfie must be accompanied by a guide and armed guards, so that photos with formidable African warriors do not become the last in the life of thrill-seekers.
Ethnos has about 7,500 people, but its number is gradually declining.
Among the most cruel tribes of our time, the inhabitants of the mountain forests of Papua New Guinea occupy the "honorable" first place. To this day, a nation of 20,000 people is engaged in cannibalism, despite the "educational" efforts of Christian missionaries and public services.
They were sure that, eating the bodies of enemies, they take over their strength and other virtues. Therefore, the barbaric, from the point of view of civilized people, the custom does not seem to this tribe something reprehensible. Yali do not just eat human meat - they savor it, choosing the most delicious pieces and preparing them according to all the rules of cookery. It is very important to pronounce the name of your victim during the feast, then the spiritual essence is absorbed along with the physical shell.
Now they eat their own kind less and less. This is especially true of white-skinned people, causing the natives to associate with Christ, in which they partially believe in death. However, the use of a light betel drug from the leaves of the same plant stupefies the minds of savages, which leads to outbreaks of aggression and fights. A defeated opponent may well be on the winner’s table as the main dish.
Another dangerous ethnic group inhabits the rainforests in northern Brazil and the Alto Orinoco Casikjar Biosphere Reserve in southern neighboring Venezuela. Yanomamo Indians are considered the largest isolated tribe of South America, their number reaches 35,000 people.
Representatives of the nationality live in large community buildings - Shabono, where sometimes up to 400 inhabitants gather. They do not have individual houses. The tightness and impossibility of seclusion did not have the best effect on the character of the Yanomamo. They are considered cocky and cruel in relation not only to strangers, but also to their fellow tribesmen.
Women who are in an extremely humiliating position are especially affected. Husbands cripple them for the slightest offense, and warriors from other tribes can freely rape. During menstruation and after childbirth, a woman is considered to spread impurities, so she is locked in a separate hut, limiting the amount of food and drink, not allowing to dress, swim, chat with anyone and touch herself with her hands.
It is assumed that a similar attitude was brought by the male conquerors who once conquered the Yamamoto and asserted their power through violence against local residents.
The warlike Indians are constantly in conflict either with forest poachers or with neighboring tribes, so they need new men. If the family is born not a boy, but a girl, the husband can beat and even kill his wife. To avoid reprisals, mothers often take the lives of female babies themselves: they drown or break them up against stones and trees.
Anthropologist Brian Ferguson claims that some European industrialists deliberately provoke Yamamoto aggression, pushing individual groups of Indians to achieve their own selfish goals.
At odds with each other and creating an artificial shortage of women, representatives of the tribe gradually destroy each other, freeing up land for large mining, construction and agricultural companies.
Yamamoto also has cannibalism, but in a “soft” form. They eat only the ashes of deceased tribesmen, believing that they continue to live in a strange body.
In the highlands near the eastern borders of Papua New Guinea (Morobe province) there is a short, but extremely fierce people, terrifying the surrounding area. The famous explorer Miklouho-Maclay, highly respected by the Papuans, did not dare to “drop by a visit” to these “kids”, having heard about their cruelty towards strangers and cannibalism.
In the XXI century. Angu refused mass cannibalism, but still oppress their higher neighbors and scare tourists with an incredibly scary ritual of mummifying the dead. Nowhere else in the world is a similar technology used.
Here is a rough description of it:
- First, all fat is removed from the corpse through incisions. This product is used for cooking, and also smear the heads of relatives of the deceased, symbolizing the patronage of ancestors.
- All openings in the dead body are sutured, stopping the access of oxygen, which can cause decay processes.
- Thus prepared human "semi-finished product", in a sitting position, lowered into a special pit and smoked over the fire continuously for several days. Then the completely dehydrated body is coated with red clay and burned.
Mummies are stored on the mountain above the village, tied to a chair from twigs or put in a wicker basket. Only “dead soldiers” are subjected to “smoking” - it is believed that they continue to patronize their people in this form. During the holidays, mummies solemnly go down and set in the center of the village, showing them all sorts of honors.
Many foreign travelers of the past, for example, the expedition of the German ethnographer Karl Holt, paid with their lives for trying to touch the sinister "charms" of Angu. However, from modern tourists, the tribe requires only a monetary reward for the opportunity to take pictures next to their dead patrons.
Representatives of an ethnic group living in the Omo Valley, near the southern borders of Sudan and Ethiopia, call themselves suri. Their culture and habits are very similar to Mursi - the same militancy and unwillingness to come into contact with civilization, the same desire to lead a closed lifestyle and aggression towards any "strangers" crossing the borders of their world. Few researchers and tourists decide to visit the place of permanent residence of surrogate - this is associated with a great risk to life.
Every July, a tribe of soldiers organizes grandiose ritual battles on 2-meter bamboo sticks - the donga. Participants fight with particular cruelty, which entails injury, and sometimes the death of the loser. Recently, fighters have been using Kalashnikovs as weapons, from which they fire queues into the air, and sometimes, when intoxicated or intoxicated, and around others.
Surim women do not think of life outside of marriage and strive for marriage, for which they pay a considerable price.
The tribe has creepy wedding traditions:
- circumcision of the bride, when the girl removes the clitoris and partially labia minora,
- implantation of a ceramic disk into the lip, the diameter of which in some cases reaches 30 cm.
The first custom is not its own invention of surrogate; it is practiced by many African and Arab peoples, as well as the Indians of South America. After a clitorodectomy, a woman does not feel sex drive, so she is unlikely to cheat on her husband. And since he treats his other half as a dog, forcing an intimate life with lashes, the risk of adultery is quite high.
Ceramic disk for girls is inserted after reaching the 20th anniversary. The larger it is, the higher the bride’s prestige, the larger the ransom that will be given for her. So that the giant "plate" fits in the mouth, all lower teeth are removed. This is done, like circumcision, without anesthesia. But a fully prepared bride is waiting for a reward for the torment - a “happy marriage” with exhausting labor and beatings.
On the border of Nigeria and Cameroon, a small nation lives, actively practicing cannibalism. Until the middle of the 20th century, the mambilas were cannibals without exception, eating their enemies with equal pleasure, both raw and boiled.
Ethnicity has created many terrible customs and rituals associated with the use of human meat. For example, it was banned for women, especially pregnant women. And married warriors could eat exclusively representatives of their gender, in contrast to bachelors who are free in everything, even in cannibalism.
The most terrible tribes of the world
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Every nation is experiencing a time of active war and expansion. But there are tribes whose militancy and cruelty are an integral part of their culture. These are ideal warriors without fear and morality.
The name of the New Zealand tribe "Maori" means "ordinary", although, in truth, there is nothing ordinary in them. Charles Darwin, who had a chance to meet them during his Beagle trip, noted their cruelty, especially with respect to the whites (English), with whom they had a chance to fight for territory during the Maori wars.
Maori are considered the indigenous population of New Zealand. Their ancestors sailed to the island about 2000-700 years ago from Eastern Polynesia. Before the arrival of the British in the middle of the 19th century, they had no serious enemies; they were mostly entertained by feuds.
During this time, their unique customs were formed, characteristic of many Polynesian tribes. For example, they chopped off the heads of captive enemies and ate their bodies - so, according to their beliefs, the enemy’s strength passed to them. Unlike their neighbors, Australian Aborigines, Māori fought in two world wars.
Moreover, during World War II, they themselves insisted on forming their own 28 battalion. By the way, it is known that during the First World War they drove out the enemy with their haku dance during an offensive operation on the Gallipoli Peninsula. This ritual was accompanied by warlike cries and scary faces, which, literally, discouraged the enemies and gave the Maori an advantage.
Another warlike people who also fought on the British side are Nepalese gurkhas. Even during colonial policy, the British carried them into the category of “most militant” peoples that they had to face.
According to them, the Gurkhas were distinguished by aggressiveness in battle, courage, self-sufficiency, physical strength and a lowered pain threshold. England itself had to surrender before the pressure of their warriors, armed with knives alone.
Not surprisingly, as early as 1815, a broad company was launched to attract Gurkhas volunteers to the British army. Skillful fighters quickly gained fame as the best soldiers in the world.
They managed to take part in suppressing the revolt of the Sikhs, the Afghan, First, Second World Wars, as well as in the Falkland conflict. Today - Gurkhas, as before, are elite soldiers of the English army. They are recruited all in the same place - in Nepal. I must say, the competition for the selection is crazy - according to the modernarmy portal, there are 28,000 candidates for 200 places.
The British themselves admit that the Gurkhas are better soldiers than themselves. Maybe because they are more motivated. Although the Nepalese themselves argue, the point here is not about money. They are proud of their martial art and are always happy to apply it in practice. Even if someone pats them on the shoulder in a friendly manner - in their tradition this is considered an insult.
When some small nations actively integrate into the modern world, others prefer to maintain traditions, even if they are far from the values of humanism.
For example, a tribe of Dayaks from the island of Kalimantan, who have earned a terrible reputation as bounty hunters. What to do - you can become a man only by bringing the head of your enemy to the tribe. At least that was the case in the 20th century. The Dayak people (in Malay - “pagan”) is an ethnic group that unites the numerous peoples that inhabit the island of Kalimantan in Indonesia.
Among them: Ibans, Kayans, Modangas, Segai, Thrings, Otheringes, Longways, Longhats, Otnadoms, Serai, Mardahiki, Ulu-Ayer. Some villages are still accessible only by boat today.
The bloodthirsty dayak rites and the hunt for human heads were officially stopped in the 19th century, when the local sultanate asked the Englishman Charles Brook of the White Raja dynasty to somehow influence people who knew no other way to become a man, except to cut off someone’s head.
Having captured the most warlike leaders, he succeeded in instructing the Dayaks on a peaceful path with a “carrot and stick policy”. But people continued to disappear without a trace. The last bloody wave swept the island in 1997-1999, when all the world agencies shouted about ritual cannibalism and the games of small dayak with human heads.
Among the peoples of Russia, some of the most warlike are Kalmyks, descendants of the Western Mongols. Their self-name is translated as “breakaway”, which means Oirats who have not converted to Islam. Today, most of them live in the Republic of Kalmykia. Nomads are always more aggressive than farmers.
The ancestors of the Kalmyks, the Oirats who lived in Dzungaria, were freedom-loving and warlike. Even Genghis Khan did not immediately succeed in subjugating them, for which he demanded the complete destruction of one of the tribes. Later, Oirat warriors became part of the troops of the great commander, and many of them became related with the Genghisides. Therefore, not without reason, some of the modern Kalmyks consider themselves descendants of Genghis Khan.
In the XVII century, Oirats left Dzungaria, and, having made a huge transition, reached the Volga steppes. In 1641, Russia recognized the Kalmyk Khanate, and from now on from the 17th century, Kalmyks became permanent participants in the Russian army. They say that the battle cry "Hurray" was once descended from the Kalmyk "Uralan", which means "forward." They especially distinguished themselves in the Patriotic War of 1812. It involved 3 Kalmyk regiments, numbering more than three and a half thousand people. Over the Battle of Borodino alone, more than 260 Kalmyks were awarded the highest orders of Russia.
Kurds, along with Arabs, Persians and Armenians are one of the most ancient peoples of the Middle East. They live in the ethnogeographic region of Kurdistan, which was divided among themselves by Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria after the First World War.
The Kurdish language, according to scientists, belongs to the Iranian group. In religious terms, they do not have unity - among them there are Muslims, Jews and Christians. It is generally difficult for Kurds to agree with each other. Even the doctor of medical sciences E.V. Erickson noted in his work on ethnopsychology that the Kurds are a people merciless to the enemy and unreliable in friendship: “they only respect themselves and their elders. Their morality is generally very low, superstition is extremely great, and the real religious feeling is extremely poorly developed. War is their direct innate need and absorbs all interests. ”
It is difficult to judge how applicable this thesis written at the beginning of the 20th century is today. But the fact that they never lived under their own centralized authority makes itself felt. According to Sandrine Alexi of the Kurdish University in Paris: “Every Kurd is a king on his mountain. Therefore, they quarrel with each other, conflicts arise often and easily. ”
But for all its uncompromising attitude towards each other, the Kurds dream of a centralized state. Today, the “Kurdish question” is one of the most acute in the Middle East. Numerous unrest in order to achieve autonomy and unite into one state has been going on since 1925. In 1992-1996, the Kurds waged a civil war in northern Iraq, permanent protests still occur on the territory of Iran. In a word, the “question” hangs in the air. To date, the only Kurdish state entity with wide autonomy is Iraqi Kurdistan.
The customs that have been preserved to this day in many regions and nationalities of our Planet may not only surprise, but even shock civilized people who are distinguished by humanism. Today, some corners of the Earth are places where people still observe some ancient customs, which are far from always consistent with modern understanding of morality and with generally accepted norms regarding behavior in a civilized society.
What can be associated with such traditions?
Some, especially sophisticated, involve brutal killings and torture. This should be known, but be tolerated if possible, since people do this not at all out of inborn cruelty, not enjoying the process itself. All rituals pursue a higher goal.
The Faroe Islands have the status of an autonomous region of Denmark. And until today, the Faroese invariably adhere to the tradition, which involves annually hammering black dolphins - the grind. Driving them out with boats in shallow water, local men begin to slaughter gullible mammals through stones, harpoons and axes. Aborigines claim that the brutal process of killing numerous dolphins helps them feel like true Faroese.
During this event, the waters off the coast of the islands turn bright red.
At the time of menstruation or childbirth, girls or women in Nepal are traditionally expelled from the community. And this is allegedly done due to the fact that all the representatives of this gender in this period of time are considered "dirty." And the unfortunate exiles live somewhere on the outskirts of villages, for example, in a clay house or under some kind of roughly constructed canopy. During this period of time, they are forbidden to heat their own home or cook their own food. “Link” to the period of menstruation lasts a week, and the postpartum period lasts 11 days. Many of the women in childbirth, in view of the weakening after the birth of the baby, do not withstand such conditions and simply die.
Ashur among Shiite Muslims is considered a day of mourning for the third Shiite imam named Hussein, who died a martyrdom in Karbala. That was in the year 680. Such a funeral day is “celebrated” in the form of mass ritual self-flagellation by all available means, including weapons. People beat themselves with whips, cut with daggers, and so on. Even small children are not spared, despite their age. So even babies get it.
Sati is the name of the wife of Rudra, who was one of the incarnations of the god Shiva, he was part of the divine triad of Trimurti, he is known to the broad masses as a man with 4 hands. According to legend, at the time when Rudra died, his wife sacrificed herself at the stake. This legend is reinforced by the ancient Indian custom, which involves the burning of a widow with her dead husband. Despite this, many believe that the custom has already outlived itself, so that returns to it are recorded quite rarely. The last official fact of self-immolation during a funeral in India was recorded in 2006.
Among Hindus there is a specific branch, which is a sect consisting of ascetics. They call themselves Aghori. Translated from Sanskrit, this means "fearless." Sectarians seek to rid themselves of the fear of death through eating carrion.
In Thailand, at a traditional vegetarian festival, all of its participants pierce their cheeks with any sharp objects. This festival takes place over two centuries. It seems like 200 years ago, a theater troupe arrived on the island, and all of its artists became ill. But, as soon as local people stopped eating meat, the actors miraculously recovered.
Filipinos during Holy Week nail their compatriots with nails to wooden crosses. Volunteers go to this, for whom it is an honor to experience torment, as in Jesus Christ. It’s good that they are not then finished off with a spear, as it was with God in a biblical parable.
The most severe world customs and traditions suggest atrocities not only in relation to animals, but also torture and even murder of some people by others. Cannibalism deserves special attention - in ancient times it was popular among almost all nations. It should be noted that one should try to be tolerant of such traditions, considering them remnants of antiquity and a temporary phenomenon.
10 terrible traditions
Today in some parts of the world there are still places in which people observe ancient customs, which are not always consistent with morality and generally accepted norms of behavior of a civilized society.
The killing of black dolphins
The Faroe Islands are an autonomous region of Denmark. To this day, the Faroese observe the tradition of annual slaughter of black grind dolphins. Expelling masses of dolphins using boats in shallow water, local men slaughter gullible mammals with stones, harpoons and axes. Locals claim that the process of killing dolphins helps them feel like real Faroese. During this event, the waters of the islands turn red.
Temporary exile of women
At the time of menstruation or childbirth, girls and women in Nepal are expelled from some communities. This is done due to the fact that women are considered “dirty” during these periods. Exiles have to live on the outskirts of villages in clay houses or under roughly built canopies. At this time, they are forbidden to heat their home and even cook food. The reference to the time of menstruation lasts a week, postpartum - 11 days. Many women in labor do not withstand such conditions and die.
Ashura is considered by Shiite Muslims as a day of mourning for the third Shiite imam Hussein, who died a martyrdom in the city of Karbala in 680. This day is "celebrated" by mass ritual self-flagellation with all the weapons at hand: lashes, daggers and other things. On this day, children are not spared, regardless of age - even infants get it.
Sati is the name of the wife of Rudra, one of the incarnations of the famous Shiva, a member of the divine triad of trimurti and known to the broad masses in the form of a man with four hands. According to legend, when Rudra died, his wife sacrificed herself at the stake.
It was this legend that reinforced the Indian custom of burning a widow with her dead husband. Despite the fact that this custom has already outlived itself, occasionally returns to this rite are recorded. The last official act of self-immolation at a funeral in India was recorded in 2006.
Cannibalism as a ritual
Hindus have an offshoot, which is a sect of ascetics called "aghori". In Sanskrit, this translates as "fearlessness." Sectarians seek to get rid of the fear of death by eating the meat of the dead.
In Thailand, during a traditional vegetarian festival, participants pierce their cheeks with all kinds of sharp objects. This newsletter has been going on for two centuries. According to legend, 200 years ago, a theater troupe arrived on one of the islands with a tour, all of whose artists became ill. As soon as the hypocrites stopped eating meat, they were magically healed.
The Filipinos in the Holy Week of feelings nail people to the crosses. Every year there are volunteers who consider it an honor to experience the torment of Jesus Christ and offer their own candidates. The ritual takes place according to all the rules - under the leadership of the "Pontius Pilate", people in costumes of the Roman legion commit execution. The truth is complete without the final blow of the spear, which finishes the crucified.
The guardians of this custom motivate this procedure by the need to protect the woman from carnal temptations. In order to avoid the urge to “fornication”, the external genitalia are removed in women. From childhood, girls are brought up inspiring them that this circumcision is a solemn entry into adulthood, so many girls await this honor with awe. This practice is fraught with negative consequences and complications, but this does not stop anyone. It is practiced in some countries of Asia and Africa, as well as by supporters of the IG 1 terrorist organization banned in Russia.
Tribes living in the mountains of Madagascar, at the shaman's direction, dig graves, despite the decomposition they wrap the dead in shrouds and carry them in their arms all day. It is forbidden to call the name of the dead, put him on the ground and cry, but it is customary to ask the deceased for health and wealth for himself and his family.
Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and Mongolia believe in the transmigration of souls. Because of this belief, instead of burying the mortal empty shell of the deceased, the body is dismembered and stacked on a mountain peak. Further, the vultures are engaged in the destruction of the body, useless without a soul.
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The baptism of infants and holy water are little things in religious life. Fasten your seat belts, the MPORT men's online magazine will tell you about the most terrible rites of the planet.
All your perversions are nothing compared to the traditions of one of the African tribes. In it, elders cut vaginas for little girls. Such surgical procedures result in the baby's legs being tied with laces for a period until everything heals. And the goal is absolutely harmless: it's just a bloody chastity belt, until it appears the only one. Probably, the natives do not know what the hymen is and why it exists.
At the same time, cutting is reproduced in conditions of an absolute lack of hygiene and with the help of any sharp improvised means. I wonder why the young ladies did not please the African guys so much?
Shiite Muslims are really tough guys. During the Ashur (one of the rites) they bleed themselves. This tradition is connected with the history of the people: in the seventh century, during the next war (the battle of Karbala), Imam Hussein, the grandson of the local prophet Muhammad, died. The imam, like many other babies, was beheaded, and blood was shed on the streets of the town. Residents of the tribe still regret what happened and as part of the honor spill their blood. Moreover, it is believed that such a rite cleanses them of sins. MPORT does not know how Shiites have money, but they could earn extra money at the annual blood donation.
Iceberg in the ocean
And the Eskimos do not want to care for the elderly. Why waste time and energy on someone else's and outgoing life, which nothing will help. As soon as a person becomes helpless, locals simply take the elderly to the ocean and land on a huge ice floe, where the old man either freezes from the cold or dies of hunger. You can still just jump into ice water so as not to pull the rubber. So in the north they look after their eldest relatives.
Cannibals still live in northern India. The guys from the Ahoris tribe believe that human meat can give them super-strength and spiritual knowledge of the universe, and also save them from aging. Therefore, they dip the corpses in one of the local sacred rivers of the Ganges and make kebab of them. Also, the guys are so devoted to the rite that they do not even disdain to drink water from the skulls of the deceased.
Endocannibalism is exactly what the Yanomamo tribe (Brazil) does. Locals believe that death is the atrocities of a bad shaman. Therefore, a dead man is not buried, but burned. But this is only the beginning of the ceremony. The ashes of the deceased are mixed with pumpkin and after a certain time they cook soup with such a vegetable. Then everyone eats it together. Thus, the tribe demonstrates affection for the dead and expresses solidarity with the relatives of the deceased. And Yanomamo believes that this is the way the soul of the deceased has a chance to go to heaven.
The best dentists live in Australia. Guys do not spend time and money on drills and other technical wonders. They simply wait for the next celebration of local rites, during which they take special care of their oral cavity. One person takes a special plant moss into his mouth, the second sharpens a stick and puts its sharp end to the teeth of the first. Next hit - and it's in the hat. Pay attention to the thoughtfulness of the natives: moss in your mouth so as not to choke on blood or swallow a tooth. Why spend money? Go to Australia.