Strange customs of the world
Strange customs of the world
1. Japanese "Bear Festival"
The Ainu, the original inhabitants of Japan, had previously been an oppressed minority. The Ainu originally lived mainly on hunting and fishing, but gradually began to settle in farming and later trade with the residents of the state. The Ainu people have their own festivals and sacrifices, the most famous of which is the Bear Sacrifice. They believed in animism and worshipped nature, hence the "bear sacrifice".
2. Special funerals of the Kalosi people in Indonesia
The Kalosi are an ethnic group from the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Their funerals are very special. After the death of a loved one, the family will live with the deceased for several months before being buried.
Because they take burial so seriously, in the months following a loved one's death, the family will try to find enough money to pay for an important funeral. The dead are kept in their homes wrapped in clothing, and their families believe their spirits remain with them until the funeral. On the day of the funeral, the buffalo is killed as a sacrifice, and the more cattle killed, the more important the identity of the deceased. The coffin of the dead is placed inside the cave, and a dummy statue of the dead is placed at the entrance
3. Spitting etiquette of Masai people in Kenya
It's a very different kind of spit than what we see on a daily basis. The Masai people of Kenya greet each other by spitting on each other. Not only that, but they spit on the baby and say bad things when the baby is born. They believe that the only way to support the child is to say bad things. When shaking hands with someone older than you, you must spit your hand into your hand to show respect.
4. The Ancient Romans ate with the dead and fed them
Researchers excavating ancient Roman graves in the Vatican recently learned about a little-known tradition: the ancient Romans ate with and fed their dead. The researchers found tubes around and in the cemetery that had also been found in British Roman cemeteries. Researchers believe the ancient Romans used these tubes to feed their dead wine, honey and other food. The ancient Romans enjoyed picnicking at the graves of their loved ones, believing that the spirits of the dead could share their food with them.
5. The "corpse killing" tradition of the Yanomamo people of Venezuela
The Yanomamo people of Venezuela have long been isolated from modern civilization, so many of their ancient traditions have survived. The Yanomamo burn the bodies of the dead and distribute the ashes to family members to eat. Yanomamo believed that people would die when cursed by shamans or other tribes, so they often had armed conflicts with other tribes.
6. The Philippines -- Hanging coffins
The limestone caves around Sagada in the Philippines are home to many of the dead. There is a tradition that the coffins of wealthy adults are usually placed in caves, while the coffins of children or poor people are hung from the cliffs.
7. India -- Child Throwing
Every year in Solapur, Maharashtra, India, a special event is held in which parents throw their children from a 50-foot tower. But someone down there caught it with a sheet. Parents believe this practice will keep their children healthy throughout their lives. This activity is usually held by Muslims, but some Hindu families also participate in this activity. The government is opposed to sky-diving children, so local authorities will do their best to maintain order.