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The shocking traditions of India that will turn your mind

Coming to India for the first time, you experience a real shock from what is happening around. Everything that is connected with the life of the Indians seems so unrealistic to you that you practically do not pay attention to the beauties of the country – you are completely occupied with the rituals and customs of the local people. But gradually you are imbued with the local culture and begin to perceive everything differently. We have collected the most incredible traditions that are surprising and drive into a stupor.
Fileing front teeth
Of course, each nation has its own ideas about beauty – and that which seems normal to one will not delight others. For example, in India, one of the religious ceremonies can be observed, during which the teeth are filed so that they are all in the same line. This ritual symbolizes the transition from adolescent to adult life and is performed both in boys and girls. It is believed that this is what helps people free themselves from evil forces and strengthen their spiritual and physical health.

Marriage with … a tree
The history of the tradition of tying oneself with a knot with a tree dates back several centuries and has a very logical explanation. According to the customs of this country, the elder brother must first marry, and only then does the younger boy’s turn come. But what if the eldest cannot find his soulmate in any way, and the younger one has already met the love of his whole life? In this case, they conclude the so-called wedding ceremony with a tree. Moreover, the celebration is held according to all the rules, and after that they simply cut the tree and declare the man a widower. A woman, by the way, can also perform a similar rite. It is believed that before marrying a man, a girl must get rid of evil spirits. She is married off to a tree, and her next husband may no longer need to worry that his wife will bring trouble to him.

The worship of yoni and lingam
In this country, the male and female genital organs are objects of mass worship, because it is believed that if a person concentrates on the soul located in yoni, he will be able to achieve enlightenment. But the sculptures of the lingam (male organ) are worshiped by the followers of Shiva and women who dream of recovering from infertility and giving their spouse an heir.

Snake spells
It is worth noting that only in India, snakes feel very frivolous and crawl wherever they want. So, for example, you can meet them not only in the jungle or on the banks of the river, but also in the middle of the highway, in the passenger compartment or even in the room of the most expensive hotel. For local residents, killing a snake is considered a great sin, so they simply do not touch the reptiles. But at every step you can meet the snake charmer, who with his flute practically introduces these formidable creatures into a trance.

Bathing in slops
An amazing picture can be observed in some areas of India, when members of the lower castes wallow in the remnants of food thrown out by the brahmanas (the higher Indian caste). All these manipulations are carried out within the framework of the ancient, but preserved to this day, Madi Snan ritual. Although at first glance it looks like a mass insanity, it is believed that in this way a person can get rid of all skin diseases that he has ever had.

Special rite for kids
The Indians have a very peculiar idea of ​​a happy life. So, for example, so that the child does not know illnesses and deprivations, he is thrown from the roof of the Grishneshvor temple, which is located in the state of Maharashtra. It is believed that while the baby flies from a 15-meter height, he becomes smart, healthy and successful. By the way, the sheets are pulled in advance below so that the child does not get crippled and successfully passes the ceremony.

Of course, each nation has its own ideas about beauty – and that which seems normal to one will not delight others. For example, in India, one of the religious ceremonies can be observed, during which the teeth are filed so that they are all in the same line. This ritual symbolizes the transition from adolescent to adult life and is performed both in boys and girls. It is believed that this is what helps people free themselves from evil forces and strengthen their spiritual and physical health.

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