Feeding The Dead (Roman)
In the Vatican of Roman burial grounds, graves contain pipes that led to the outside of the Graveyard. Feeding the dead is a tradition of Romans, they pour honey, wine and food stuff into the grave of the dead through this pipe.
Eating The Dead’s Ash (Venezuela and Brazil)
Don’t get shocked! Death and funerals are part of one’s Life, but the tradition of eating the ashes of your dead is shocking and bizarre tradition that is being followed. In the Yonamamo tribe from Brazil and Venezuela, the tradition forbids keeping any part of the deceased body. The body of the dead is burned. Bones are crushed and mixed with the ashes, is divided amongst the family and eaten by all.
Living with the Dead (Indonesia)
Toraja is an ethnic group in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It used to take months for the family to raise sufficient money for funeral ceremonies of the dead. During these months, The dead body is wrapped in special garbs and kept under the family home. This tradition also believes that by keeping the deceased, the soul would be preserved until it is buried.
Hanging Coffins (Philippines)
In many locations of China, Indonesia and Philippines you might find hanging coffins. The limestone caves surrounding Sagada in Philippines are also known as home to the region’s dead. Hanging coffins are an ancient tradition. It is believed that hanging the coffin could prevent the dead’s body from being taken by beasts and will also bless the soul.
Foot Binding (China)
In a bizarre tradition in China, the foot of a young girl of 4-5 years is binded to prevent the growing of the foot. The girl with binded foot cannot walk, run, work or jump. The tradition is not for any omen, religious value or to stay away from evils. This tradition is a sign of beauty and sensuality, it was believed that small foot makes a girl look more beautiful.
Carrying Pregnant Women over Burning Coal (China)
According to Chinese traditions, it is believed that if a husband carries his pregnant wife over burning coals bare feet, the wife will have easy and successful labor. Get ready for some pain before your wife experiences labor pain.
Bride Kidnapping (Romani Gypsies)
Kidnapping is illegal, and yes kidnapping a girl you want to make your bride is also a crime and illegal. But, according to Ramni Gypsies tradition, if a boy/man who is single kidnaps a girl and is able to keep the girl hostage for 3-5 days, they you have legally all the rights to get married to the girl. Don’t get caught before these illegal kidnapping becomes legal according to tradition.
Kanamara Matsuri (Japan)
This is a weird traditional festival held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, Japan. The central theme of the event is a Pen*s. People march across the town hoisting a big wooden Pen*s in the air. The festival is very popular amongst the prostitutes, as they wish and pray for their protection and STD’s.
Masai Spitting (Africa)
In a weird and bizarre tradition in Africa in the Masai Tribe (this is an ethnic African group found in Kenya and Tanzania), people spit on one another while greeting their friends. Before greeting elders Masai people spit on their hand before offering it for a handshake. They also spit on their newborn baby, and avoid praising as they believe praising will curse the child to a bad life.
Baby Tossing (India)
There is a shocking tradition followed in India, mainly in the Maharashtra region. Infants are tossed from the top of a temple, from around 15 meters. According tot his tradition, it is believed that this will bring good luck to the child and strengthens the intelligence.
Sharpening of Teeth (Indonesia)
Women in Indonesia’s Mentawai Tribe of West Sumatra grind and file their teeth to get them sharpen. This is done by women to look beautiful, and mind you this is a very painful procedure done using hammers and needle. The pain is just the price paid for beauty in this Mentawai Tribe tradition.
Skull Binding (Mayan)
The old Mayan and their traditions and values have always attracted the world. But this weird and bizarre tradition of skull binding is the most shocking tradition. The deformation was done by distorting the normal growth of the skull of a child as small as a month old for six months. The tradition was performed to demonstrate social status. The people with deformed elongated head were believed to be more intelligent, of higher status and closer to the spirit.
Giraffe Women (Thailand)
The Karen tribe of Thailand follows a bizarre tradition of wearing rings on their neck to get a large neck. They believe the large neck is a symbol of beauty and elegance and add to their attractiveness. The girls start wearing the rings around the neck at the age of 5 to get large necks and enhance their beauty. The rings are added over time to time to keep the neck getting larger.
Sati Tradition (India)
According to Indian tradition, a woman who loses her husband should commit suicide by burning herself on the funeral pyre with her deceased husband. Although the tradition was about taking the decision voluntarily, it later became a compulsion. The tradition is not followed now.
Finger Cutting (Indonesia)
The Danis tribe of Africa follows a weird tradition. Women on the tribe must cut off a part of their fingers when a member of the family dies. The women of Danis tribe were forced to suffer physically with the emotional pain of losing a family member. The tradition was performed to satisfy the ancestral ghosts. The tradition is no more followed.
Burial in the Amazon
The Yanomami tribe doesn't believe in digging holes for their dead – or in wasting anything. When a Yanomami dies, their body is burned and the ashes & bone fragments are ground into powder. Then the family members eat the remains.
The Manchu, an ethnic minority in China, have a weird way of showing their love for their newborns. Their public displays of affection extend even to the child’s genitals. Girls receive joyous genital tickling, while the boys receive full-on fellatio from their mothers. Similar practices go on in some other cultures, among some people in Thailand, Japan, and India.