These 10 Most Crazy and Bizarre Indian Rituals Â
Walking on fire
- The people of South India party practice this custom.
- They walk barefoot on a hot fire pit, or sometimes filled with incandescent charcoal.
- The march on fire is made in honor of the Hindu goddess Draupati Amman.
- Thus, instead of rushing over the pit, the faithful walk slowly as if it were a walk in the park.
- The ritual begins when the priest by the pit with a pot on his head, filled with holy water.
- She is then followed by other men.
- Participants suffer from burns on the feet – and sometimes worse injuries in which they fall into the fire.
- It is practiced in the festival of “Thookam”.
- Many Hindu devotees pierce their backs by pointed hooks.
- The men are then lifted from the ground on a scaffold with ropes.
- Sometimes even the children are connected in the hands of the participants.
- Originally from southern India, the festival was banned by the Indian government.
- Unlike its Spanish counterpart, Indian bullfight or “Jallikattu” is practiced without the help of a rope or weapons.
- Fortunately, bull is left in the end, as it is known sacred in India.
- During Pongal (harvest), it is mainly practiced.
- It is one of the most dangerous sports played in India.
- Youth, ardent for some desperate glory, generally try to subdue the bull.
- More than a hundred people have been killed in southern India in the past two decades.
- One case is filed with the Supreme Court of India, which intends to introduce a total ban on this sport.
- The bulls are filled with alcohol, their eyes are sprinkled with chili powder, and the testicles are taken in order to provoke anger.
- Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar.
- It was the month that marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala.
- When Imam Hussein ibn Ali was killed by 72 warriors, who were killed in the next ten days.
- “Shiites” in India mourn this event by flagellating her naked body with a string called “Matam”.
- Sometimes they also include razor blades or knives.
- It was mostly practiced in the 17th century. In this ritual a widow is burned alive with the corpse of her husband.
- Widows who were caught trying to escape this fate were tied to the corpse or leg were broken.
- Sometimes they would even be pushed back with bamboo sticks into the lit fire.
- Although banned by the British colonial government in 1859, it was still practiced in parts of India.
- It is still banned under the present Indian government, with severe penalties for the few people who still insist innocent women to death.
- Every year in December, more than a hundred babies are thrown into the crowd from the roof of the temple.
- It is a height of nearly 200 meters.
- A group of men waiting with a rag used to capture them.
- The reason for this ritual is to increase fertility.
- It is also made to bring good health and happiness to the family.
- The Indian government foresees a ban on this ritual.
- In some temples of Karnataka people stop, fall and Rool before entering.
- Some of them roll their bodies through the remains of food thrown by “Brahmans” – the highest priestly caste in India.
- The rolling act is practiced by all Brahman lower caste and says to cure skin diseases.
- This practice is on the verge of prohibition.
- The members of the Indian government decided to educate rather than impose their will on the people.
- Good luck to them.
Chicken – Shredding Exorcisms
- In Hinduism, exorcisms are carried out by various means.
- One of these methods involves slaughtering a white chicken.
- Bloody parties are scattered around the house by the pandit or priest who is usually responsible for implementing the exorcism.
- The possessed person is then considered a demon or pocessed by demon.
- These demons or spirits are afraid of white chickens.
- In some cases, the devil is reported as shouting “I go! I go!” Before leaving.
- Apparently, it is followed by the immediate resumption of the exorcised person.
- The person wakes up something like a trance, seems not to remember events or chicken.
Tongue piercingÂ Rituals
- Sharp needles are used to pierce the tongue.
- They are usually made of wood or steel.
- The piercing is common to a number of religious festivals.
- In some areas boys and girls can participate in ritual piercing.
- Those who go to pierce their tongue carry a garland around their necks for a day before the ceremony.
- Ceremonial drilling is usually followed by dancing and joy.
- These practices are also observed in countries other than India, in the southern parts of Asia.
- This social evil exists not only in India but also in many other parts of the world.
- Many people see boys as more desirable than female children.
- Preference for a male child can be so extreme that female infants can be killed, or floated in the river.
- Infanticide was banned in the 19th century.