Bizarre Rituals Archive

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Cleaning The Dead – When Death Doesn’t Mean Goodbye

Cleaning The Dead - When Death Doesn't Mean Goodbye

For the Torajan people of Indonesia, death is part of a spiritual journey: families keep the mummified remains of their deceased relatives in their homes for years – and traditionally invite them to join for lunch on a daily basis – before they are eventually buried. Even them, they are regularly exhumed to be cleaned and cared for.

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Gadhimai Festival Nepal: 300,000 Animals Killed To Bring Worshipers Good Luck

Gadhimai Festival Nepal

Gadhimai festival is a two-day religious festival in Nepal wherein more than 250,000 animals are sacrificed to appease a Hindu goddess. This festival is held every five years at the temple of Gadhimai, the goddess of power, in Bariyarpur, Nepal, near the Indian border.

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Fish Dressed Up As Bride & Groom In Bengali Gaye Holud Wedding Ritual

Gaye Holud Ritual India

A Bengali couple named Sofie and Amit were married in a traditional Bengali wedding ceremony in Mamallapuram in eastern India. In the Gaye Holud ritual, the bride and groom are presented with fish dressed up as them. Sofie took it upon herself to have some fun with her fish!

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Another Bizarre Ritual of Crawling Under A Cow During Diwali Festival In Nepal

Tihar Festival, India Photo by: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

A boy crawls under a cow during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu. Hindus all over Nepal are celebrating the festival during which they worship cows, which are considered a maternal figure, and other animals. It is very similar to the Govardhan Puja festival posted earlier.

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Indian Teenage Girl Marries A Dog To Ward Off Evil Spirit

Indian Girl Marries A Dog

18 Years old Indian girl Mangli Munda was told by village elders that she was cursed with bad luck and to lift the spell permanently she was ordered to marry a dog because if she marries a man it would bring destruction to the family and her community. They were married in a ceremony in the girl’s village in Jharkhand, India.

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