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The Crocodile Men:
The young man show their strength in a different way in the different parts of world.But there is something most weird in the Papua New Guinea named Kaningara ,Its the most painful way foe young men to shoe their strength that can well be considered to fit quite aptly in to such category.
The Crocodile ritual involves scratching deeply in to the boys skin in order to create permanent scarification welts. Tribal elders cut deeply into the boys backs, chests, and buttocks creating patterns in the skin resembling that of a crocodiles hide.
According to their logic humans have evolved from the crocodile and by doing these types of things they become close to nature.
Chinese Culture to Carry wife over coal During Wedding:
China has one of the largest nation around the world.China consists of many group of people who perform different things , practices and cultures .Some of them is joyful and interesting while on the other hand some of them is painful and full of horror. But somethings are good in the mind of some people and same things are bad for others.
One of the painful culture among the people in china during wedding ceremony is to carry wife and passed through a coal or fire when the bride first enter into their house.The logic behind this culture is that to realize a wife that she is very important to her husband.The marriage in these area is very difficult for a man due to this old culture .So be careful when you want to marry girl from china.
Sati or suttee culture of Hindu Widows:
Sati is the culture or religious practice among some Hindu community in India .by which a recently widowed woman either voluntarily or by use of force or coercion commits suicide as a result of her husband's death. The best known form of sati is when a woman burns to death on her husband's funeral pyre. However other forms of sati exist, including being buried alive with the husband's corpse and drowning.
The term sati is derived from the original name of the goddess Sati , also known as Dakshayani, who self-immolated because she was unable to bear her father Daksha's humiliation of her (living) husband Shiva.
The custom began to grow in popularity as evidenced by the number of stones placed to commemorate satis, particularly in southern India and amongst the higher castes of Indian society, despite the fact that the Brahmins originally condemned the practice
British East India Company recorded that the total figure of known occurrences for the period 1813 - 1828 was 8,135; another source gives the number of 7,941 from 1815 - 1828, an average of 618 documented incidents per year. However, these numbers are likely to grossly underestimate the real number of satis as in 1823, 575 women performed sati in the state of Bengal alone .
Practice of sati was to be found among many castes and at every social level, chosen by or for both uneducated and the highest ranking women of the times. The common deciding factor was often ownership of wealth or property, since all possessions of the widow devolved to the husband's family upon her death. In a country that shunned widows , sati was considered the highest expression of wifely devotion to a dead husband .
Over the centuries, many of India 's inhabitants have disagreed with the practice of sati . Once the reality of burning to death became obvious, many women tried to escape their fate. Measures and implements were put into place to ensure that they could not.
A rich baniya, a corn chandler, whose house was near the gate of our grounds, departed this life; he was an Hindu. On the 7th of November, the natives in the bazaar were making a great noise with their tom-toms, drums, and other discordant musical instruments, rejoicing that his widow had determined to perform sati , i.e., to burn on his funeral-pile.
In the late 1950's, a royal sati took place. Performed in Jodhpur by Sugankunverba, the widow of Brigadier Jabbar Singh Sisodia, her act of self-immolation occurred illegally and supposedly in secret.
There are many interesting points about this particular sati event. The woman was obviously deeply attached to her husband and devastated at his death. However no attempt was made to dissuade the woman from committing suicide; indeed her brother-in-law was concerned only with whether she would go through with it on the day and not bring shame to the family name.
Other incidents of sati continue to take place. Fifty-five year old Charan Shah's self-immolation in 1999 at Satpura village in Uttar Pradesh is shrouded in mystery as witnesses refused to co-operate with official investigations. Shah's suicide is notable because it led to the publication of a vitriolic article apparently justifying the practice of sati and demanding the repeal of the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, by a respected female academic, Madhu Kishwar (published in Manushi, Issue 115). In May 2006, Vidyawati, a 35-year-old woman allegedly jumped into the funeral pyre of her husband in Rari-Bujurg Village, Uttar Pradesh. In August 2006, Janakrani, a 40-year-old woman, died on the funeral pyre of her husband in Sagar district. In October 2008, a 75-year-old woman committed sati by jumping into her 80-year-old husband's funeral pyre at Checher in Raipur.
Blackening the Bride Culture of Scotland:
Blackening the bride is a traditional wedding custom performed in the days or weeks prior to marriages in rural areas of Scotland. It is one of the funniest and joyful tradition in Scotland .
The bride are 'captured' by friends and family, covered in food, or a variety of other - preferably adhesive - substances,when all things such as soots,eggs,paints etc are thrown on bride then paraded publicly for the community to see.
Frequently, the couple are driven in the back of an open-backed truck, accompanied by the clattering and banging of pots and pans by the couple's 'captors'. There are no strict rules regarding the act of blackening itself, only that the couple must be rendered messy and uncomfortable, and that as many people as possible should witness the occasion.
Foot binding culture in china:
Foot binding was the custom of applying tight binding to the feet of young girls to modify the shape of their feet. It was practiced in China from the Song dynasty until the early 20th century, and bound feet were considered a status symbol as well as a mark of beauty. Feet altered by binding were called lotus feet.
It is one of the most painful culture around the world.The most common problem with bound feet was infection. Despite the amount of care taken in regularly trimming the toenails, they would often in-grow, becoming infected and causing injuries to the toes.
But the culture is made by the people and also changed by the people.It is the beautiful culture for those who adopted this and painful for others.
Foot binding is often seen by feminists as an oppressive practice against women who were victims of a sexist culture . It is also widely seen as a form of violence against women.
Impaling culture in Thailand:
Impalement, as a method of execution and also torture, is the penetration of a human by an object such as a stake, pole, spear, or hook, often by complete or partial perforation of the torso. It was used particularly in response to "crimes against the state" and regarded across a number of cultures as a very harsh form of capital punishment and recorded in myth and art. Impalement was also used during wartime to suppress rebellion, punish traitors or collaborators, and as a punishment for breaches of military discipline.
If you have ever want to visit Thailand then you should go to the vegeterian festival that is celeberated in Phucket town of Thailand .This culture may be very strange for you but believe me its the culture so don't be panic and just relax if you watch something strange there.This vegetarian festival is a nine-day period in October that celebrates the abstinence from meat during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.People walk arround the town with many needles,knifes,swords and needles peneterated in their whole body,According to them god appeared in them and saved them from evil and bad luck.
Torajan People in indonesia keep the bodies of their relatives to "live" at home with them, sometimes for years after their deaths:
In most cultures the dead are buried or cremated within days of passing away, but Indonesia 's Torajan people keep the bodies of their relatives to "live" at home with them, sometimes for years after their deaths.
Providing corpses with their own rooms, they are washed and their clothes are regularly changed.
Food and cigarettes are brought to them twice a day and they have a bowl in the corner that acts as their "toilet".
The bodies of the dead are injected with a preservative called Formulin, which stops the bodies from decomposing.
Mamak Lisa has kept her father’s body at home for 12 years (BBC)
One Torajan woman told BBC journalist Sahar Zand that she kept the body of her father, Paulo Cirinda, in her home for 12 years.
“If we buried him straight away, we would also feel the pain very suddenly,” Mamak Lisa said. “We wouldn't get time to deal with the grief and adjust to the separation."
Ms Lisa added her father is “still sick”. Illness is often used to describe the dead.
Paulo Cirinda died 12 years ago, but his daughter says she still feels a strong connection with him (BBC)
“He's a very good man and a loving father and there's still a very deep emotional connection between us,” told the BBC.
The tradition for the million plus Toraja community dates back centuries. With animist beliefs - the doctrine that every natural thing in the universe has a soul - the line between this world and the next world is blurred.
Family members see Paulo Cirinda say they view him as still being ‘sick’
Even after a funeral ceremony is completed, the physical relationship between the dead and the living still continues through a ritual called ma'nene, or the “cleaning of the corpses," according to the BBC.
The ritual involves digging up the coffins of dead loved ones every couple of years and grooming and cleaning them. Then, family members typically pose with their deceased relatives for fresh family portraits.
Neck Ring Culture:
Neck rings, or neck-rings, are any form of stiff jewellery worn as an ornament around the neck of an individual, as opposed to a loose necklace. Many cultures and periods have made neck rings, with both males and females wearing them at various times.
Of the two most notable types the first is the torc, an often heavy and valuable ornament normally open at the throat. These were worn by various early cultures but are especially associated with the ancient Celts of the European Iron Age, where they were evidently a key indicator of wealth and status, mostly worn by men. The other type is one or more spiral metal coils of many turns, often worn only by women. In a few African and Asian cultures neck rings are worn usually to create the appearance that the neck has been stretched. Padaung (Kayan Lahwi) women of the Kayan people begin to wear neck coils from as young as age two. The length of the coil is gradually increased to as much as twenty turns. The weight of the coils will eventually place sufficient pressure on the clavicles to cause them to deform and create an impression of a longer neck .
The custom of wearing neck rings is related to an ideal of beauty: an elongated neck . Neck rings push the clavicle and ribs down. The neck stretching is mostly illusory: the weight of the rings twists the collarbone and eventually the upper ribs at an angle 45 degrees lower than what is natural, causing the illusion of an elongated neck . The vertebrae do not elongate, though the space between them may increase as the intervertebral discs absorb liquid.
Although it can vary from person to person whether the removal of neck rings can cause pain, if they are removed incorrectly this may result in death. The custom requires that the girls who do choose to wear the neck rings start before puberty in order to get the body used to them. These heavy coils can weigh as much as 11 pounds (5 kg) (before puberty, as they will add more rings later down the line.) The neck rings put an immense strain on the body. Once a person's neck has adjusted to the neck rings, they have to leave the neck rings on permanently. Because the rings have been on these women for such a long time, this weakens the neck muscles, rendering the neck essentially unable to support itself. The neck muscles will tire quickly and not be able to carry the weight of the head; in other words, when the neck is no longer able to fulfill its function it is very likely that it will collapse, thus resulting in suffocation.