Every country has certain cultures and traditions which are followed from the beginning of civilization across the globe. While some rituals are fun and please others are pale and strange. Here are a few countries where they follow some vague traditions and beliefs.
Bhutanese tradition allows men to go and spend a night in an unmarried woman’s house. In the eastern part of the Himalayan kingdom. Young men who are in search of love and marriage head out for a different kind of hunt. In case they are caught with the girl, the man will either have to get married to the girl or he will have to work under her dad as his punishment.
2) Amazon Forest Tribes
Tribes from the Amazon rainforest believe in eating the dead. Although it sounds strange, the Yanomami tribe living in the Amazon rainforest says that there must be no physical signs of a dead body. So that their souls rest in peace. The ash and bone powder is mixed into a plantain soup and consumed by the family.
In Japan, a large penis model is worshipped. This is also known as Kanamara Matsuri. The devotees carry the penis model and walk through the streets of Kawasaki in Japan. This festival is a tourist attraction. They raise funds during this festival and it is donated for HIV research.
As a symbol of entering adulthood, newly married couples have to go to Bali and get their tooth filed just before they are getting married. Smoothening of teeth symbolizes control over sins like anger, lust, greed, and jealousy.
In India, toddlers are thrown from the temple rooftop from about 15-30 feet above. They believe doing this will bring good luck to them. This is done in some parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka. They threw it and then caught it through a blanket. This is mainly done to bring good luck to the child. This was banned in 2011 but some people still continue to do this.
During the Gerewol festival in Niger, all the men dress up in the best attire to impress the women around them. This is an annual festival of Wodaabe tribes. During this festival, there is a dance competition (Yaake) conducted wherein the best winner is chosen considering their overall dance skills and look.
Polterabend is a pre-wedding ritual in Germany where newly married couples have to clean up all the dishes which are broken and smashed by their family on the floor. It is said that by doing this together it helps them to work in their tough times and also vanish all the evil spirits.
Romans believe in feeding all the dead bodies. They supply food in the grave through pipes. There is a pipe in every grave where family members of the deceased will pour food items, honey, and wine into the grave of the dead.
In Indonesia, Dani tribes, the girls have to cut part of her fingers as soon as one of her family members dies. In this case, the woman is not only going through physical pain but also emotional pain. This ritual is done to satisfy the ancestors’ souls and rest them in peace.