22 Insane Traditions of Tribes Around The World


From The Red People to The Fiercest Wig here are 22 Insane Traditions of Tribes Around The World. Welcome to the Family!

 – Crocodile Skin

The tribes that live in New Guinea undergo a process called crocodile scarification when a boy becomes a man. The majority of the boy’s body is cut in order to create patterns that resemble the skin of a crocodile. The process is very painful and can take months for the body to fully heal.

 – The Red People

The members of the Himba tribe are known for covering their skin with a thick red cream made from local herbs and crushed rock. The cream is seen as attractive to other members of the tribe and it also keeps their skin safe from the blazing African sun. Himba women take a bath only once in their life, just before getting married. On bath night, they wash their hair with ash and must keep the same hairstyle for the remainder of their lives.

 – When You Get Old, You Die Alone

Eskimos hold an interesting tradition when it comes to taking care of their elderly. To prevent the older members of the community from being burdens on their families, they are sent off to die alone on a floating iceberg when they become a certain age. They see it as giving the elder a send off that leaves them their grace and dignity.

 – The Fiercest Wig

Known as the fiercest and hariest tribe in the world, the Huli Wigmen spend the majority of their lives, making and practicing to make huge ornamented wigs. Boys are even sent to wig school as part of the initiation into manhood. The wigs are used to intimidate the enemies they fight against.

– Bull Jumping to Become a Man

In the Hamer tribe of Ethiopia young boys prove their manhood by jumping onto the back of a bull, then jumping from the back of that bull to another bull and seeing how many he can jump across. They usually conduct this ritual in the nude.

 – Welcome to the Family

If a couple wants to get married in the Banyankole tribe, the man must first sleep with the aunt of his soon-to-be bride. Another part of the tradition is that the aunt must then check to make sure her niece is a virgin. Only after both tests are passed will she give her blessing and the couple can get married.

 – Bigger is More Beautiful

Everyone in the Mauritania tribe believes that the bigger the woman, the more beautiful she is. Parents even send their daughters to “fat camps” where they are fed an average of 15,000 calories each day. Being larger in size makes you more desirable as a wife.

– Cutting It Close

The women of the Dani tribe choose to grieve in a very peculiar way. When a family member dies, the women in the family voluntarily cut off a segment of one of their fingers. They numb it by tying the section off with a string for about half an hour, and after the cut is made, they seal the wound with fire.

 – The Most Painful Bite in the World

As an initiation ritual, the Satere-Mawe tribe boys gather bullet ants from the jungle nearby. After being drugged with herbs from the Medicine Man, the bullet ants, which are said to have the most painful sting in the world, are sewn into a pair of woven gloves. After the drugs wear off, the ants become angry and aggressive. In order to become men, the boys must wear these gloves in ten-minute intervals until they have endured the pain 20 different times.

– In Family They Rest

The burial traditions of the Yanomami tribe are more than strange. When a person of this tribe dies, the body is cremated, and the ashes are mixed into a soup that is drunk by the surviving members of their family. They believe that by ingesting the remains of their loved one, their spirit will live with them forever.

 – Blood Shed

Shiite Muslims are very vocal when it comes to their traditions, and the event of Ashura is certainly seen as insane by most standards. The day is observed in commemoration of the death of the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussein. In the 7th century battle in which he was slain, Hussein and his men were repeatedly struck on the head with knives and daggers. Shiite men replicate the event by flagellating themselves with daggers to the head.

 – The Giraffe Necks

It is mainly the women of the Kayan tribes that you see with gold coils around their necks, even though sometimes they are worn by the men. There are different ideas and thoughts regarding the reason why they wear the coils, but the most common reason being a symbol of beauty. Many non-tribe members think that the gold coil stretches the neck were, in reality, it pushes down the clavicle and compresses the rib cage.

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