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We live in the world that despite the globalization continues to amaze and surprise us every time we hit the road. This presentation is the follow up to our previous one on what may seem to us bizzare ...

We live in the world that despite the globalization continues to amaze and surprise us every time we hit the road. This presentation is the follow up to our previous one on what may seem to us bizzare customs. We've selected more this time – some of them are still practiced, some are long past history. All show how differently we view the culture and ourselves. All take open-mindness and sometime courage to discover.

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  • MORE BIZZARE LOCAL CUSTOMS That’ll make you go hmm and make you www.share.travel
  • Hello Traveler, When you travel you discover cultures that differ from yours dramatically. One must stay open-minded to avoid trouble traveling and discovering exotic cultures. Sometimes it’s difficult to react well to some behaviors that don’t fit to standards we usually function in. If you react inappropriately, especially in a small community, they might become suspicious and you might get yourself into some (or a lot of!) trouble. But if you react the way you are expected to, you might even gain their trust and get the chance to get closer to them. And that is a valuable experience. This is a follow up to our first presentation on 12Local Traditions that also seemed bizzare, weird or even cruel. But the truth is that our own might seem equally strange to others… The pictures that illustrate are not the direct illustration of the customs. They’re just an impression and inspiration. No matter how strange the customs may seem we would never discourage you to travel… and share it with us. Don’t ever forget to www.share.travel
  • As part of a religious ritual in Karnataka, India, locals throw their children off a temple roof that is approximately 30 feet off the ground. locals in the village of Nagrala believe the ritual brings health and good luck to the children, many of whom are less than two years old.According to tradition, this gives the children good luck into their adult years and strengthens intelligence BABYTOSSINGININDIA travel to INDIA but don’t forget to www.share.travel View slide
  • In some cultures such as Vietnam and China the placenta is viewed as a life-giving force. Therefore, it is dried and added to certain placenta recipes in order to increase a person’s energy and vitality. PLACENTA A’LA CARTE IN ASIA travel to ASIA but don’t forget to www.share.travel View slide
  • The festival was originally organized to keep the Devil away. During El Colacho infants are laid on mattresses in the street after crowds gather to watch. Jumpers who wear costumes to look like the Devil then proceed to leap over these mattresses. LEAPING OVER BABIES IN SPAIN travel to SPAIN but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • The Anglo-Saxons believed Friday to be such an unlucky day that they ritually slaughtered any child unfortunate enough to be born on that day. FRIDAY CHILD’S BAD LUCK travel to ENGLAND but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • In China eggs represent fertility. A charming custom is giving hard-boiled eggs, dyed red, to show happiness as birth announcements. HARD BOILED GIFTS IN CHINA travel to CHINA but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • Caged birds are often seen on sale in the cities of Vietnam, not to be kept as pets, but for followers of Buddhism to buy, and release into the sky, thus earning them extra merit in life. FREE YOUR BIRD IN VIETNAM travel to VIETNAM but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • The Kanamara Matsuri is centered around a local penis-venerating shrine once popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. It is said that there are also divine protections for business prosperity and for the clan's prosperity; and for easy delivery, marriage, and married-couple harmony. PENIS-VENERATING SHRINE IN JAPAN travel to JAPAN but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of Being Intimate for the first time. Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry. GUAM MAN GET PAID FOR SEX travel to GUAM but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • The Yanomamo tribe of Venezuela and Brazil forbids in preserving or keeping any parts of their deceased. Instead, the body is cremated and the ashes, which includes crushed bones, are given to the family to be eaten. YANOMAMO DEADLY TASTE travel to VENEZUELA but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • An ancient traditions in India, where the widow kills herself and join her husband during the cremation of the dead, the wife jumps into the fire, and this is called “Sati”. For the widow, it is honorable to kill herself during the husband’s funeral. It is believed that she will enter heaven, become the goddess and built a statue in memory of her sacrifice. But in the late 1980s, the British government banned and imposed the Prevention of Sati Act and as of now the practice is considered illegal, and is therefore punishable by the law. But there were reported cases that sati still existed. TILL DEATH DO US APART IN INDIA? travel to INDIA but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • Foot binding in ancient China is intensely painful and agonizing for Chinese women. They undergo this practice for elegant and beautiful looks. Young Chinese girl’s have their feet bound at age four and up. The practice is done by tying bandages tightly. Some herbal medicines and tea were used to soak their bounded feet. The soaking of their feet was done by their elderly relatives. Bandages are kept on and changed regularly until the desired sizes of 4 to 3 inches are acquired. Feet deformities resulted for years of doing this practice. Also, some of those Chinese women whose feet were bandaged, they have to survive infections and gangrene. Consequently, women who did not take part of this practice were considered disrespectful and were considered excluded from the society. In 1930’s this practice was banned in China, but in some areas, the tradition lives on. CHINESE FOOT BINDING travel to CHINA but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • On New Year’s Eve, the Finnish melt horseshoe tins in a metal ladle. As soon as the tin liquefies, they pour it on a bucket with ice-cold water. The random shapes that appear in the water is then interpreted. A round shape or ring shape means an wedding coming up in the following year. An animal shape is considered prosperity. And a ship shape means travel or journey. HORSESHOE MELTING IN FINLAND travel to FINLAND but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • In Taiwan, funeral traditions are practiced weirdly and noisily. The grieving families hire weepers and cries on microphones. The weepers also recite continuous prayers and traditional Chinese funeral music. This practice last for more than a week, at times 14 days of mourning is usual. The wakes, on the other hand, are held on the streets under built tents. NOISY FUNERAL IN TAIWAN travel to TAIWAN but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • Maybe it wouldn’t be pleasant if you find thrown dishes on your doorstep in the morning, but if you’re in Denmark things look different. People there use to keep the old dishes throughout the whole year. The purpose: they throw it on their friends’ doors on New Year’s Eve. So, they don’t think that someone hates them when they find the dishes on January 1st, but they know that they have many friends. THROWING DISHES IN DENMARK travel to DENMARK but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • Pushkar is a little desert town in the state of Rajasthan, India, which host over 50,000 camels every November, depending on the moon cycle. Camel owners from the whole country come to the fair to do some weird things with their camels. The animals are shaved, dressed up, entered into beauty contests, paraded, raced, and finally, traded. The amazing numbers of 200,000 people who appear on the festival every year make it worth visiting. CAMEL BEAUTY QUEEN IN INDIA travel to INDIA but don’t forget to www.share.travel
  • A Testicle Festival is an event held at several small towns in which the featured activity is the consumption of animal testicles, usually battered and fried. The oldest such festival takes place in Byron, Illinois AMERICAN TESTICLES FESTIVAL travel to USA but don’t forget to www.share.travel
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