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Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 12:41pm On Apr 11, 2020
I want to start a thread on some weird cultures and fact in africa some will shock you. Please sit back and enjoy. You are free to add yours too. We are all here to learn.
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by KaideeGee(m): 12:45pm On Apr 11, 2020
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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 12:45pm On Apr 11, 2020
1. Kidnapping your bride

In the Sudanese Latuka tribe, whe ttin a man wants to marry a woman, he kidnaps her. Elderly members of his family go and ask the girl’s father for her hand in marriage, and if dad agrees, he beats the suitor as a sign of his acceptance of the union. If the father disagrees, however, the man might forcefully marry the woman anyway.

Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 12:52pm On Apr 11, 2020
2.Spitting your blessings

Members of the Maasai tribe in Kenya and Tanzania spit as a way of blessing. Men spit on newborns and say they are bad in the belief that if they praise a baby, it will be cursed. Maasai warriors will also spit in their hands before shaking the hand of an elder.

Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 12:56pm On Apr 11, 2020
3.Wealth is measured by cows

In the Pokot tribe in Kenya, wealth is measured by how many cows a family has. Most Pokot people are either “corn people” or “cow people”— meaning that’s what they cultivate on their land — but all Pokot people measure their wealth by cows. The number of women a man can marry is determined by how many cows he has.

Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 12:58pm On Apr 11, 2020
Hope I have a few audience ooo. We are here to learn.
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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:00pm On Apr 11, 2020
kolaa007:
3.Wealth is measured by cows

In the Pokot tribe in Kenya, wealth is measured by how many cows a family has. Most Pokot people are either “corn people” or “cow people”— meaning that’s what they cultivate on their land — but all Pokot people measure their wealth by cows. The number of women a man can marry is determined by how many cows he has.


This is still common within the fulani people till now.
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by bluemansion: 1:01pm On Apr 11, 2020
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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:03pm On Apr 11, 2020
4.Beating the suitor

The Fulani tribe live in many countries in West Africa and follow a tradition called Sharo. Sharo happens when two young men want to marry the same woman. To compete for her hand, they beat one another up. The men must suppress signs of pain and the one who takes the beating without showing signs of pain can take the wife.

Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:04pm On Apr 11, 2020
Hope am making small sense ooo.

Please help me share and like and tag some mods maybe they can move it to promise land.

But I doubt it since no be snake thread grin
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:06pm On Apr 11, 2020
kolaa007:
4.Beating the suitor

The Fulani tribe live in many countries in West Africa and follow a tradition called Sharo. Sharo happens when two young men want to marry the same woman. To compete for her hand, they beat one another up. The men must suppress signs of pain and the one who takes the beating without showing signs of pain can take the wife.


Omo men if they still practice this so many girls will never marry ooo. Make dem flog me because of one girl. Mba

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by Makavelli25: 1:08pm On Apr 11, 2020
I cum in peace
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:08pm On Apr 11, 2020
5.A thorough cleansing

The Chewa people are one of the largest indigenous groups of Malawi but live throughout Central and Southern Africa. When a person dies, one family tradition involves taking the body into the woods, slitting the throat, and forcing water through the body to cleanse it. They do this by squeezing the corpse’s stomach until what comes out the rear end runs clear.

Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:15pm On Apr 11, 2020
6.Lip stretching

When a girl becomes a teenager in the Surma tribe of Southern Sudan, she begins the process of lip stretching. The girl has her bottom teeth removed to make space for a lip plate, which is increased in size annually.

Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:17pm On Apr 11, 2020
kolaa007:
6.Lip stretching

When a girl becomes a teenager in the Surma tribe of Southern Sudan, she begins the process of lip stretching. The girl has her bottom teeth removed to make space for a lip plate, which is increased in size annually.

I hope this has been abolished. Its horrific

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:21pm On Apr 11, 2020
7. Hamar Tribe, Ethiopia
To prove your manhood as a young boy in the Hamer tribe, it is expected that you run, jump and land on the back of a bull, before then attempting to run across the backs of several bulls while naked.
Before this ritual takes place, female friends of the young boy undergoing the test must cover their whole body, including their head and hair, with red ochre mixed with fats.  The girls are then expected to dance and get whipped by elders until they have scars and wounds on their backs. This is done to show their unflinching loyalty to their friend.

Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:26pm On Apr 11, 2020
8. Banyankole Tribe, Uganda
The Banyankole tribe is a minority tribe in Uganda. And the mention of marriage is definitely a burden to the bride’s aunt. When a couple is about to get married, custom dictates that the aunt of the bride sleeps with the groom to ensure the potency of the groom. Furthermore, she also has to test the bride’s virginity.
Some traditions claim that the group must have sex with the aunt before sleeping with the bride. Another tradition asserts that it was the responsibility of the aunt to prove the potency of the groom by watching or listening to the couple while they’re having intercourse

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:31pm On Apr 11, 2020
9.Widowhood among the Igbos - Nigeria
It is a common custom among the Igbos to find widows subjected to humiliation to prove that she had no hand in her husband’s death. The widow is subjected to punishments such as forcing her to drink the water used in washing her husband’s corpse, shaving off her hair, amongst them.

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:34pm On Apr 11, 2020
10.Taking pictures
The first rule to note is that the Tanzanian government considers taking pictures of structures such as government buildings, bridges, and military personnel as illegal.  While this rule might be applicable in most African countries, there’s another weird fact attached to taking photos in Tanzania.
For instance, it’s advised that you seek permission before taking another person’s picture.  This is attributed to natives’ beliefs about taking pictures. Some might go as far as asking you for payment (money) before taking their pictures. Other tribes such as the Massai people believe that taking pictures means stealing their souls.

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:41pm On Apr 11, 2020
.Namibia’s Offering of Wives to Visitors for Sex

In Northern Namibia, the Okujepisa Omukazendu treat is the most prestigious way the people of Ovahimba and Ovazimba tribes welcome their male visitors. To make the guest feel at home, a man would order his wife to go in and spend the night with the visitor. Although rare, wives can equally require their visiting friends to go in and be with their husbands.
It has has been speculated that the essence of this strange African culture is to eradicate jealousy and encourage oneness. Meanwhile, it is believed that this culture is also practised by the Tiv people of Nigeria.

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 1:45pm On Apr 11, 2020
kolaa007:
.Namibia’s Offering of Wives to Visitors for Sex

In Northern Namibia, the Okujepisa Omukazendu treat is the most prestigious way the people of Ovahimba and Ovazimba tribes welcome their male visitors. To make the guest feel at home, a man would order his wife to go in and spend the night with the visitor. Although rare, wives can equally require their visiting friends to go in and be with their husbands.
It has has been speculated that the essence of this strange African culture is to eradicate jealousy and encourage oneness. Meanwhile, it is believed that this culture is also practised by the Tiv people of Nigeria.


Please if you know you still practice this culture please invite me to come and greet you.

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by benuejosh(m): 1:49pm On Apr 11, 2020
Mad ooo
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 2:02pm On Apr 11, 2020
12. Southern Africa’s Reed Dance/Virginity Testing

Umhlanga, an annual dance ceremony meant to celebrate virginity in  Swaziland is known as Umkhosi woMhlanga in South Africa. The culture is peculiar to the Swazi and Zulu people. It all has to do with maidens completely bare-breasted dancing for their respective kings. Before they can do this, they would have to queue up to have their virginity tested.
This is normally done in a traditional way which majorly revolves around examining the physical features of the vagina and shallow inserts into the organ to see if the hymen is intact. We learnt that ladies who are no longer virgins, for fear of being stigmatized, go as far as inserting raw meat into their vaginas so as to pass the test.

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 2:08pm On Apr 11, 2020
Should I continue?

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 2:15pm On Apr 11, 2020
3.Leblouh – Mauritania’s Force-Feeding of Girls for Marriage

Here, it is believed that a lady is more desirable and would attract fine suitors if she is well fed and robust. As such, young girls and maidens from as low as five years old to teenagers are being secluded and forced to consume a large portion of food and milk by their fatteners who would inflict pain on them if they fail to do so.
While this practice is most common in Mauritania, Northwestern Africa, it has also been associated with the people of southern Morocco and the people of Cross River state in southeastern Nigeria.

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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by KINGreignn: 2:17pm On Apr 11, 2020
kolaa007:
Should I continue?
Yes. Please continue.


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Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 2:45pm On Apr 11, 2020
We have taken a few look at some in africa let's take a look at the rest of the world. It's not only Africans that have weird culture and traditions.
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 2:50pm On Apr 11, 2020
1. Thaipusam - The festival of piercings
This Hindu festival is celebrated by the Tamil community and dedicated to Lord Murugan, the god of war, on the full moon in January or February. The festival is also known for its bizarre way of showing devotion to god. Devotees often pierce different parts of their body with silver skewers and take on other physical burdens. Why would god ever be pleased by you harming your own body? Source : www.letstravelsomewhere.com
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by helen4(f): 2:53pm On Apr 11, 2020
Wow! Learning
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 2:53pm On Apr 11, 2020
2. Famadihana - Dancing with the dead
A funeral tradition followed by the Malagasy tribe in Madagascar, people literally dance with dead bodies as part of the Famadihana custom. After bringing bodies of ancestors from their burial place, they re-wrap them in fresh cloth and dance around the tomb to live music. The ritual is followed once in seven years, but has been in the decline of late.

Source : vimeo.com
Re: Wierd And Bizarre Cultures In Africa That Will Leave You Shocked by kolaa007(m): 2:54pm On Apr 11, 2020
3. Don't ask for salt when at a host's place in Egypt
Looks like Egyptians get offended easily. So, if you are invited over for dinner and want to add more salt to your dish, dare not touch the saltshaker because Egyptians feel it is equivalent to insulting the host. Oops!

Source : ronaldh.id.au

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