There are so many bizarre traditional practices observed across the globe. Some of these traditions have been what distinguish those who practice them from the rest of the world. Here are some of the most bizarre traditions observed by tribes across the globe.
This is an ancient Spanish celebration that dates back to 1620. Castrillo de Murcia, a community in the municipality of Sasamón in the province of Burgos, celebrates Corpus Christi, a Catholic feast on an annual basis.
El Colacho typically means baby jumping and is organized to keep the Devils away. In this festival, babies are laid on mattresses in the street and the jumpers wear the traditional costumes to look like the Devils.
- Co-habiting With The Dead
Can you picture oneself residing amongst corpses? However, it is a widespread custom among several ethnic groups in Indonesia to wrap the body of the deceased in distinctive clothing and store it securely in their home. It is thought that the deceased’s soul will be protected till burial. This is the tradition of the Torojan people of Indonesia.
A formaldehyde and water layer protects their skin and flesh from rotting, which starts just days after death. The family keeps dried plants next to the body to cover the overwhelming odor.
A well-preserved body brings luck to the community, therefore grieving loved ones go to tremendous pains to keep the deceased as healthy as possible. Torajans are taught to deal with death and accept it as a part of the journey starting at a very young age.
They believe that after death the soul lives in the house so they offer food, clothing, water, cigarettes to the bodies.
- Throwing Babies Off 50-foot Tower
The villagers of Solapur village in Maharashtra, India, frequently throw newborn infants off the terrace of a 50-foot tower. At the base of the tower, there are people holding sheets that can be used to safely catch the infant. This is thought to bestow good fortune, long life, and excellent health upon their offspring.
- Husbands Carrying Their Women Over hot coals In China
Every culture has its own rituals and beliefs relating to expectant moms.
When a lady becomes pregnant in China, the prospective father carries her across amber-colored, burning coal. If the father is successful, it is thought that the mother would experience a straightforward and less painful labor. Because the mother of the child endures nine months of surging hormones and pain throughout pregnancy, the males perform this terrible rite because they don’t believe they should have an easy journey themselves.
Because walking on coal seems to be highly ineffective at “making it easy” for their pregnant wives, this practice may seem forbidden to others. However, it is a very special and spiritual one that demonstrates how the father shares in some of the suffering that the mother must experience.
They think that by performing this rite, the father of the unborn child is demonstrating his concern and love for both the mother and the infant.