Cultures have long defined feminine beauty in different ways and women have played a huge role in propagating and abiding by these beauty practices. For them, these ideals are a way of feeling accepted and appreciated in their societies. However, you would be surprised to know the extent to which they can go for this acceptance. Here is a list of nine cultures across the world that have the most bizarre beauty practices, especially for their women.
Here are top 8 most bizarre culture and cultural beauty of the world:-
1. Cutting Off Fingers
The death of a family member in the Dani tribe of Indonesia heralds a vast amount of emotional and, for women, physical pain. Aside from the inevitable emotional grief, women of the Dani tribe physically express that grief by cutting off (by compulsion) a segment of one of their fingers.
Before being amputated, the fingers are tied with a string for thirty minutes to numb them. Once amputated, the new fingertips are burned to create new scar tissue.
This custom, one of the world’s most bizarre cultural practices, is performed as a means to satisfy ancestral ghosts, and is rarely, but still sporadically, practiced in the tribe.
2. Bizarre Cultural Practices: Living With The Dead
The Toraja people of Indonesia practice a truly singular ritual of exhuming the corpses of their fellow villagers. But it doesn’t end there: The corpse is draped in special garments and paraded around the village. Even the bodies of children and bodies that are decades old are exhumed.
The ritual is mainly carried out in order to clean the corpses, their garments, and coffins, and to ceremonially return the corpses to their home village. That is, if someone died outside the village, the corpse will be taken to the spot of death, then walked back to the village, as an act of returning home.
3. Bizarre Cultural Practices: Self-Flagellation
Shiite Muslims are well known for their martyrdom, and Ashura is no exception. Ashura is an event recognized by many Muslims around the world for various reasons. For some Shiites, the day is observed in commemoration of the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad, at the 7th century battle of Karbala. Hussein, along with his comrades, was repeatedly struck on the head with daggers.
Today, select men join a procession and flagellate themselves with daggers to the head, among other means, in order to pay tribute and absolve sin; people spill their own blood and those of their relatives to mourn the fact that they were not being present to save Hussein.
4. Carrying Your Wife Over Burning Coal
While not wholly specific to China, an interesting traditional Chinese custom says that a husband should carry his bride over a pan of burning coals before crossing the threshold of their home as husband and wife. According to tradition, the ritual ensures that the wife will have an easy and successful labor. Firewalking is also performed by some Chinese people as a means to prevent natural disaster.
5. Kayan Tribe, Burma
In Kayan culture, long, graceful necks are considered as symbols of beauty and elegance. Women belonging to this ancient culture wear multiple brass rings coiled around the neck from a very young age and the number of rings increase as the woman grows older. These women can wear up to 20 pounds of rings when they are adults.
6. Mauritanians, Africa
Women in Mauritania are lauded for gaining weight as super-sized bodies are considered extremely beautiful. Sending young girls to ‘fat camps’, where they are fed up to 15,000 calories a day, is the norm because being bigger in size makes women more desirable as wives.
7. Apatani Tribe, India
Women of the Apatani tribe living in the Ziro valley, Arunachal Pradesh used to have wooden plugs lodged in the sides of their noses as a rite of passage. However, instead of adding to their beauty, the practice was initiated to make them uglier. Officially abolished in 1970, it was historically started to deter tribal raiders from kidnapping and taking away the beautiful women of the tribe.
8. Modern Women in Iran
Iran is famous as the nose job capital of the world. Women in Iran undergo rhinoplasty surgery with pride, and the post-surgical bandages are worn as a status symbol. Sometimes, women wear them longer than needed or even opt for fake bandages without having the surgery done.