In the previous weeks we have had a look at the cryptic art forms and the cryptic music styles across the world, but this week we will see arguably the weirdest customs and traditions across the world.
Venezuelan time tradition:
Apparently, the Venezuelans set their watches and clocks to time 15 minutes early of the actual time on purpose, because they never are on time. And no, it’s not like they want to be on time and could not be, nor do they give reasons from the famous book by The Procrastinator, named, ‘Gullible reasons for being late’. In the Venezuelan culture you are considered to be greedy and eager, ain’t that obscure? Well, not for Indians, but for almost everyone else.
Throwing babies in India:
This tradition is exactly like it sounds, but not just throwing the infants all around, it’s even more bizarre than that. In some parts of India, the newly born are tossed off the roofs as it is a sign of good luck. The babe that is thrown from a thirty feet tall building is caught in a sheet by a group of men under the building. This tradition is like an obscure form of Bungee jumping for the newborn.
The name of this tradition speaks pretty much for itself and the most common instinct for such a tradition is accurate, it is none other than Brazil. In the Amazonas, the Satere-mawe tribe follows one of the most sacred traditions in their tribe. Wherein the young men in order to gain the respect and prove their mettle and worth have to go through a tough test, that is probably tougher than any other entrance these days; an individual has to wear a glove, clad in bullet ants and has to wear it for a couple of minutes without letting the agony change the curves of their face. But bullet ants are no normal ants, it is said that a single sting of a bullet ant is equivalent to an actual bullet colliding with the flesh.
This tradition is more on the lines of being spooky along with being cryptic, it is followed by a small tribe known ‘Malagasy’ in Madagascar. Dancing for the dead might be a rare and obscure scenario, but how sane do you have to be in order to dance with the dead? Well, the Malagasy tribe might have an answer to this phenomenon; as the people in this tribe on Famadihana, that just comes once in every seven years, carry the bodies of their ancestors from the family crypts, then they rewrap the bodies in a fresh cloth, rewrite their names on the cloth, and finally the carry them over their heads and share a lively dance before returning them back to the tomb. This tradition brings the people of the family together in the kinship
In this almost patriarch world, where women are judged and prejudice about them is established to the base in common by their appearance. But, what if the tables were turned around, what if the men in the society had to dress up for the occasion as well as a woman and a similar prejudice was formed for them? Yes, this does happen in reality in the ‘Gerewol festival’ in the country of Chad. Here men of the tribe are clad with astounding clothes of vivid colors from their tradition and to the surprise, they even apply makeup to add to their beauty.