The slaughter of 5,000 innocent, harmless buffaloes, recently made the news. The Gadhimai Hindu festival, celebrated in Nepal rendered every heart speechless. The bloody massacre was hideous. The violent scene attracted the attention of various organizations. The ugly ritual is 260 years old. Countless animals have been put to sword as a part of what they call, "an act of Godliness". It's time we join hands with PETA to stop this. Let's be the part of the Change, to bring good to this World.
Not only this, but many other rituals and traditions all around the world are questionable. They grant wishes or not is another part of the story. But the bottom line is that these traditions are painful, merciless and gruesome.
If you are lionhearted, you must go down.
The Gadhimai Hindu Festival, recently saw the slaughter of 5,000 innocent buffaloes. The belief is that, the slaughter will make the Hindu Goddess of Power, Gadhimai happy. She will then grant them all their wishes true.
People here believe that, the deceased should no longer be present in any form. So as and when the dead body is burned, the ashes are equally divided. These ashes are then consumed by the family members.
It is a common practice in India. The dead bodies, floating in the river of Ganges are considered sacred and used for the act. They believe that doing this will bring supernatural powers and immortality.
The Elderly are set on a floating Iceberg, with no food and company. They either starve, or are frozen to death. Eskimos believe in afterlife and this is their way of setting their loved ones free on a new journey without being a burden to the Family. Strange!
A man has to get his tooth removed while keeping feathers in his mouth. This will soak all the blood. This ritual is performed with the use of a wooden tool, to prove that he is now a man.
Long Neck is a symbol of beauty. Women wear Brass rings, these rings are long and take hours to wind. The weight of the rings can deform the shoulders creating an illusion of a longer neck.
A young girl's (4 or 5), gets her feet binding. This stops the feet from growing. The girl who got this, cannot walk, run or jump. This is because small feet is a symbol of sensuality and beauty in China.
This tradition in China is practiced to make sure that the wife has a painless labor.
If a man kidnaps a girl, according to this tradition and holds her hostage for 3 to 5 days; then he has the rights to marry the girl.
Kanamara Matsuri is a popular festival in Japan amongst the prostitutes. They wish and pray for their long and disease free life. People march around a big-wooden pe*is.
Friends are greeted with a spit. Formal handshake is done only after spitting on the hand. Even the new born baby is spitted upon.
The teeth of women are sharpened to add to her beauty. It is an immensely painful procedure. But according to the tribe, it is a very small price to pay for a women's beauty.
A toddler goes through the skill binding ritual to make an oblong head. According to this tradition, a baby as old as six months should do the procedure for social status. The people with oblong heads are considered intelligent.
Amputation is considered a form of mourning in many traditions. As a member of the family dies, the women of the house has to give away her finger.