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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

Terrible Traditions – Famadihana


  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

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


Teeth Chiseling

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

TERRIBLE TRADITIONS – Thaipusam Piercings

Thaipusam Piercings

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

TERRIBLE TRADITIONS – Tattooing of Gums, Senegal

Girl Tattooing Black Gum

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