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Taboo Rituals Still Performed Today

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Cannibalism and Necrophagy

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The Aghori Babas, who live in the city of Varanasi, India, are famous for eating the dead. They believe that the greatest fear human beings have is the fear of their own deaths, and that this fear is a barrier to spiritual enlightenment. So by confronting it, one can achieve enlightenment.

There are five types of people who cannot be cremated according to Hinduism: holy men, children, pregnant or unmarried women, and people who have died of leprosy or snake bites. These people are set afloat down the Ganges, where the Aghori pull them from the water and ritually consume them.

The Sun Dance

Local Americans are known to perform various ceremonies to pay tribute to the Earth’s spirits. The customs are a method for imploring the Great Spirit, and relinquishing oneself while holding an immediate contact with the Tree of Life. The skin on the midsection of the members is penetrated with a stick, and a rope associate the stick to a post which speaks to the Tree of Life. The members then move forward and backward to attempt and break free from the stick which, it bears rehashing, is still held up in their skin. This move may take a few hours prior to it is finished.


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Supporters of the Shi’a group of Islam do the custom of mass self-flogging consistently amid the Holy month of Muharram, to recognize the affliction of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. In what must be depicted as an abhorrent showcase, the men whip their bodies with sharpened pieces of steels connected to chains. In their condition of religious daze, they evidently don’t feel the agony.

Vine Jumping

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In the town of Bunlap, which lies on an island in the Pacific archipelago, a bizarre custom is performed called Gkol, or area jumping a sort of forerunner to bungee hopping. The villagers sing and move together, and some of them beat drums as men approach to volunteer for the bounce. They tie vines around their lower legs, and bounce from high wooden towers built particularly for this ritual.The members, evidently inconsiderate of the potential for broken bones, essentially jump forward head-first. The fall is broken by the vines attached to the tower. It is said that a higher hop ensures you a more prominent the gift from the divine beings.

Voodoo and Spiritual Possession

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Vodun is a religion in parts of West Africa. One of its rituals involves making someone into a kind of vessel, or medium. The person in question is taken into the forest in order to connect with the Earth Spirit, Sakpata. The spirit lays claim to the body, overcoming the person so that he or she becomes unconscious. They remain in this state for three days without food or water, until finally they are brought back to consciousness after another set of rituals.

Sky Burials

In Tibet, Buddhists hone an interesting hallowed custom called Jhator, or sky internment. Buddhists put stock in a cycle of resurrection, which implies that there is no compelling reason to save a body after death, since the spirit has proceeded onward to another domain. The assemblages of the dead are hence taken to open grounds—typically at high elevations and afterward left as offerings for scroungers, for example, vultures. With a specific end goal to discard the body as fast as would be prudent, an expert cuts the carcass into pieces, and spreads it around to be eaten up.

Fire Walking

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The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a Taoist festival completed in Penang, Malaysia. One of the purging customs includes strolling shoeless on smoldering ashes. Flame is accepted to overcome debasement and repulse fiendishness impacts so strolling over the flame means a man’s quality, and his resolve to free himself from wickedness. Several enthusiasts stroll over the flame, some of the time conveying gods crosswise over in a bold showcase.

Dancing With the Dead

Famadihana, signifying “The Turning of the Bones,” is a conventional celebration which happens in Madagascar. The members accept that the quicker the body decays, the speedier the soul achieves the great beyond. They consequently uncover their friends and family, hit the dancefloor with their carcasses to unrecorded music around the tomb, and afterward rebury them. This unusual custom is done each two to seven years.


The annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand, is host to a most extreme ritual. This intensely masochistic event requires the participants to push spears, knives, swords, hooks, and even guns through their cheeks. It is believed that gods enter their bodies during the ritual, protecting them from evil and bringing good luck to the community.

Death Rites

The Amazonian tribe of Yanomami is one of the most primitive in the world. In their view, death is not a natural phenomenon. The corpse is cremated, and the resulting ashes mixed with fermented banana. This mixture is then consumed by the tribespeople, as a way of making sure that the spirit of the deceased member continues to live among them.

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