Top 10 most bizarre and painful religious practices

There are around 21 major religions in the world, Christianity being the most popular, followed by Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Each religion has its own conduct and follows certain rituals and practices that its followers believe. Some of these rituals, like going to church on Sundays, are known to everyone. But there are many religious practices that are not so well known, being painful, merciless, and even inhuman. In this article we will see where the faith of man is going.

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10. Throwing the baby

Yes, people really do that. In the Maharastra state of India, throwing the baby is a religious ritual that is terrifying for many. Babies up to two years of age are thrown from a tower 15 meters tall, and below are "welcomed" by white-haired men. This bizarre ritual is mainly done by Hindu and Muslim. They think that, after throwing, the baby gets smarter and lucky.

9. Aghori

It is believed that this ritual broke out of Hindu religion in the fourteenth century. It is known that Hindu people believe that Brahma is the creator of the universe and that there is no harm in the world. The spiritual leaders of the tribe of Aghori were known for living near the places of incineration of the deceased and anointing with their ashes. It is also said that some of them have bowls of their skulls or even eat from the remains.

8. Dental decay

This ritual is practiced in the Mentawai tribe in Indonesia and is specific to women. The tribe believes that by sharpening or sharpening the teeth of young women a balance is achieved between their body and soul and become more appealing. This practice is very painful, being done with an unprocessed blade and no anesthetics.

7. Dance of the Sun

Sun Dance is an annual religious ritual practiced in many cultures, especially American culture. This ritual varies from tribe to tribe, but the common element is the sacrifice of the skin. The young participants in this ritual are perforated in their chests with some sticks of wood, which they must break with the power of their own skin. The US and Canadian governments have forbidden this portion of the ritual due to the extraordinary pain experienced by those who are subjected to this part of the ritual, but the rest of the ceremony is legal and is still being practiced.

6. Bus

The ritual of the autobiistry is accomplished in many religious groups, especially in Judaism and Islam, as a method of self-punishment. In Judaism, autobiography is a corporal punishment, while in Islam people do this on their own initiative.

5. Scarification

The act of scarring, or tattooing in the skin, may include scratching, creasing or burning the skin. In the Sepik tribe of Papua New Guinea, any young man has to go through this ritual to be considered a man. They have to be cut back, chest and buttocks to make their skin look more like a crocodile. I do not need to tell how painful this ritual is.

4. Okipa ceremony

Okipa is one of the most important ceremonies of Mandani Americans in North America, taking place before the Bison Dance, a sacred occasion for the warriors to prove their mistress. This practice lasts for 4 days, when men are hung on their own, chest and shoulders with hooks (like animals at the butcher's), and during this cruel act, the participants have to smile. After a while they are faint and are left down. When they wake up, they say the spirits were happy and the ceremony ends.

3. The funeral of the heavens

In Tibet there is a ritual of hundreds of years that any civilized person would look terrified of. Buddhists believe that the body is just a container of the soul, and after death, it will find a new one. Thus, the Tibetans did not incinerate or bury the dead, but left them at the top of the mountain where the vultures were eating.

2. Circumcision

Circumcision is an important ritual of the Jews, mentioned in the Old Testament. Circumcision consists of the ablation of the foreskin, the skin that covers the skin. Circumcision is sometimes practiced in women as well, removing the skin that covers the clitoris or even it. In Islam, circumcision is not ordained by the Qur'an, it is rather a tradition.

1. Sokushinbutsu

How complicated it sounds, the bizarre is this ceremony practiced by some Buddhist monks. This was a final act of self-denial, also known as self-mummification. It was outlawed by the Japanese government at the end of the nineteenth century, currently not practiced by any Buddhist sect.
To reach self-mummification, Buddhist monks had a very special diet with rigorous physical activity to turn their body into a fat-free structure. They ate only the bark of certain trees and roots, and drank a poisonous tea that caused the body to lose body fluids, but prevented body breakdown after death. After this three-year diet, the monks closed in a stone grave that did not allow any movement of the body. Attached to the grave was a tube through which the monk breathes and a bell, indicating that the inward is still alive. After the bell did not ring, the tube was removed and the sepulcher buried. It is believed that hundreds of monks have attempted to self-mumble but so far only 24 such mummies have been found.

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