The human race has always possessed the tendency and desperate need to define their diverse cultures through a variety of traditions and practices. Despite the technological advancement and social progress, underdeveloped countries have failed to let go off some specific rituals. What’s terribly wrong about these rituals is that they come at the expense of women. Yes, rituals and women, that combination never really went down well. One might think that by now all of us may have moved past these hideous and violent traditions but the truth is that we still have a LONG way to go.
Even to this very day, women are being subjected to merciless torture and agony and are suffering in the name of some extremely disturbing and oddball rituals. Take a look at these 10 gruesome rituals still being practiced.
In some places in Mauritania, it is believed that an over-weighing and full-figured wife will bring good fortune and prosperity. In order to achieve that, young girls are force-fed a diet of up to 16,000 calories a day to prepare them for their wedding day.
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In the Sichuan Province in Southwestern China, the Tujia people practice an odd custom called “Zuo Tang”. According to the ritual, the brides need to cry every night for a month before their wedding. If she refuses to do so, she is beaten up. After 10 days, the bride’s mother must join, then in another 10 days, the grandmother joins.
Female Genital Mutilation
In certain backward communities of Somalia and Egypt, clitoral mutilation is being practiced. This ritual of sealing the vagina without using any drugs is performed in extremely unhygienic conditions in order to preserve the virginity of young girls.