Wanna Go? – Hey, welcome to the video. We’re going to have some fun today. So all of us have traditions in our lives in one form or another. That’s pretty universal. Every country and culture practices some sort of tradition. For example, here in North America Christmas is a very popular tradition, where we exchange gifts and then fight over who gets the last of the rum and egg nog. But not all traditions are that simple. In fact, some are quite intense or even downright strange. So this week to give you a better understanding of the world that we live in, I gathered some of the oddest traditions to share with you all. So here they are, the 10 strangest traditions from around the world. Number one is baby tossing. In the western state of Maharashtra in India, there is a near 700 year old tradition of parents dropping their new born babies off of the roofs of temples. The newborns are dropped from a height of 15 meters who are then caught by in a sheet being held by men below. Although not widely practiced there are many villages who still partake in this yearly tradition, which is said to bring health and prosperity to ones family. Surprisingly, despite how dangerous this tradition is, there has never been an injury reported. You know, just coming from a practical point of view, I feel like if you want your baby to be healthy just get them an immunization shot. You get all the health benefits you’re looking for without the pesky risk of you know, death. Number two is the Kanamara Matsuri. In Kawaskai, Japan there’s an annual tradition held every spring known as the Kanamara Matsuri or simply the penis festival. Sure why not. The central theme of the event is you guessed it, the penis. Which is reflected in illustrations, decorations, and even carved vegetables, and candy. A giant wooden falice is hoisted into the air and carried across town, which is said to bring prosperity to businesses and married couples, as well as divine protection from STDs. In fact, it’s become a major tourist attraction with much of the money going to HIV research. See this is the type of festival where you’re going to want to be aware the type of food you’re consuming while there. For example, I wouldn’t recommend eating a banana. There’s too much risk of making eye contact with someone while you’re eating it. Think about it. Number three, is the funeral rituals of Toraja. The people of the Tana Toraja regency in Indonesia have a very unique tradition when it comes to their dead. Funerals are very elaborate and expensive, so dead relatives are often kept in temporary coffins until the families can pay for the funeral. Which can often take years. The Toraja have a great respect for their dead, so during this waiting period the bodies of loved ones are often exhumed so that they can be cared for. They will actually groom and re-dress the body if necessary. Basically, whatever it takes to make granny’s corpse look its best. Once the family finally has the funds necessary, it’s reported they will actually walk the corpse to it’s final resting place. See that kids, don’t complain when you’re mom and dad make you visit your grandparents, because it could be a lot worse. Number four, is bride kidnapping. Bride kidnapping, also known as marriage by abduction, or marriage by capture is a tradition that’s been practiced for centuries. Believe it or not, it’s still practiced in some places, like Central and Southeast Asia, parts of Africa in amongst certain ethnic groups like the Tzeltal in Mexico and the Romani in Europe. Unlike in most countries where bride kidnapping is a crime and rightfully so, among these groups it’s a common tradition. Basically the way it works is if a man can successfully kidnap and hold a woman hostage for a certain period of time, so for example a week, then he can claim her as his wife. This tradition is insanely barbaric. It’s basically on par with a caveman who clubs a woman over the head and drags her back to his cave. Even Fred Flinstone wined and dined Wilma before making that bedrock. You know what I’m saying? Number five is the bullet ant ritual. Several times a year the Amazonian Satere-Mawe Tribe of Brazil observes a special tradition that every young man must go through in order to become a true indian warrior. The tradition requires that every young man must put his hands in gloves filled with giant tropical bullet ants. If you don’t know what bullet ants are, they have a sting 30 times worse than that of a bee. Initiates are required to wear the gloves for more than 10 minutes at a time while the ants inject them with a neuro-toxic venom. Oh, and they’re required to do it 20 times. Last time I got stung by a bee I cried like a little girl. So excuse me while I do not go to the Amazon. Number six is Yanomami ash eating. The Yanomami tribe of Venezuela and Brazil has a tradition that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Pun intended. The tribe forbids the preservation or burial of their dead, so those who die are cremated. The odd part is the ashes which often include crushed bones are distributed to the family and eaten by all. Serious questions, how exactly does one eat ashes? I mean, is there a liquid involved? Do you turn Grandpa into a tea? Or do you do your best not to choke. We’re all wondering it. Number seven is carrying the bride over coals. China has one of the oldest cultures in the world, with countless traditions that have been passed down through the generations. An odd tradition that some still observe to this day is that after a wedding, a groom must carry his new bride over burning hot coals when entering their home for the first time. Those who practice this believe it will ensure an easy and successful labor when she becomes pregnant. This seems like a very nice gesture and one that I’m sure that brides really appreciate. But if you’re looking for luck why not give her one of the many other things that they consider lucky, like a lucky cat or a money tree. It seems kind of unnecessary to southern fry your feet for the same effect. Number eight is blackening the bride and groom. In Scotland, they have a tradition for weddings that’s pretty crazy. Unlike here in North America where we have the popular tradition of throwing rice at the bride and groom after the wedding. The Scottish douse the bride and groom the day before the wedding with soot, flour and feathers in a tradition that they call blackening. It’s supposed to prepare the couple for any future troubles or humiliations with the theory being that nothing could be worst than this. I see, so tar and feathering someone is a sign of love but even hinting that kilts are girly will get you knocked out. Yeah, I think the sensitivity level is a bit off there my friends. Number nine are Tibetan Sky Burials. In Tibet they have a very different approach to dealing with dead bodies than the rest of the world. The majority of Tibetan people are Buddhist. Part of their belief system is that the body is simply a vessel. So when someone dies there’s no need to preserve the body because their spirit has moved on. So instead of burying their dead, they cut the body in various places and leave it on a mountain top where it’s exposed to the natural elements as well as various animals who will, well you know, take care of it. People that are known for being peaceful, it seems pretty violent to let dead bodies bake in the sun while vultures eat their innards. Remind me to never die in Tibet. And number 10, cheese rolling. Oh good, one that doesn’t involve death. The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held in England. Traditionally it’s for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, but now people from all over the world take part in this event. It involves a nine pound cheese wheel that gets thrown down a steep hill while competitors rush after it, and whoever crosses the finish line first gets to keep it. No one is exactly sure how this strange tradition started, but at least it doesn’t involve death, hot coals or stinging insects. So I say, let the cheese roll on. And that’s it for this video guys. The world is a strange place. If you enjoyed this video, please give that like button a click and share this on Facebook and Twitter and I will see you all back here next Saturday with a brand new video. Peace. Oh, the outro screen, dig it. Thanks for watching my new video. If you’d like to see future videos from me remember to click the big red subscribe button below to subscribe to my channel. 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