Bomena or Night hunting is the traditional culture of courtship and romance stealthily at night, prevailing in some parts of Bhutan. Though the term is mentioned as night hunting in English, there is neither the word "night" nor the word "hunting" in the original terms. The original words can better
Famadihana, also known as the turning of the bones, is a unique funerary ritual of the Malagasy people of Madagascar to celebrate family ties. It is a festival celebrated every seven years or so, during which family crypts are opened up, the remains of dead ancestors are brought out to be
Lotus feet or feet-binding was a ghastly tradition prevailing in China, which is believed to get inspired from a 10-century Chinese dancer Yao Niang, who bound her feet into a ‘’new moon shape’’. She danced on her toes inside a golden lotus which beguiled the emperor Li Yu. Apart from
In Myanmar a sub-group of the Karen tribe is known as the Padaung (Kayan Lahwi). Women of this particular tribe are well known for wearing neck rings, brass coils that are placed around the neck, appearing to lengthen it. The women wearing these coils are known as "giraffe women" to
The ideals of beauty for the Mantawaian people, living in the remote western Sumatran archipelago, go far beyond the skin. They go through a number of rituals, such as decorative tattoos and teeth chiseling, in order to maintain a balance between the body and the soul.
The tribe believes that, chiseled
Thaipusam or Thaipoosam is a Hindu festival celebrated mainly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’. It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of the Tamil community, like India, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Mauritius. The word Thaipusam is a combination of
The Funerary Rituals of the Yanomami community may seem morbid to others. They live in the villages within the Amazon rainforest, along the border of Venezuela and Brazil. They want to ensure peace for the souls of the dead and believe that a dead body must be disposed of as
There are certain rituals followed by some particular nation/tribe, which others may feel weird or shocking. The so called Bullet Ant Gloves of the Satere-Mawe tribesman can easily be placed in the same category.
The young boys of the Satere-Mawe tribe of the Amazon in Brazil is to endure a very
Over the years women in the country of Senegal are tattooing their gums black to achieve a more beautiful smile. The women of the said West African country inherited the custom from their ancestors and believe it will help the eligible women to attract men.
Tattooed black gums are especially popular
The Dani (or Ndani) tribe, inhabitants of the fertile lands of the Baliem Valley in the Western New Guinea, follows a weird tradition. When a loved one in the family passes away, the nearest relatives of the dead, aside from the inevitable emotional grief, cut off the upper part of