Some funeral traditions have stood the test of time for centuries.Zoroastrian funerals date back thousands of years, and are still carried out in parts of Asia and the Middle East. Famous for their tradition of “laying out the dead”, Zoroastrians believe that bodies become impure as soon as a person has breathed for the final time. So, instead of burying the corpse, they traditionally lay it on a “tower of silence” where the sun shines down on it, and vultures and other birds of prey can feast upon the body. That way, it can avoid being in contact with the sacred elements of earth, fire and water. Before that, though, a rite involves the deceased being cleansed in “unconsecrated” bull’s urine. And once the corpse has been reduced to bones, the remains are moved to a pit in the tower’s centre, and covered with lime. Endocannabilism involved eating the body of the deceased. About two years ago, the remains of 26 ritualistic burials were … [Read more...] about Chilling 2,000-year-old cemetery where the dead had their feet chopped off to turn them into NECKLACES is discovered in Peru
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“WRITING” on the skin using stones, glass or knives – scarification – is a traditional, permanent body decoration that is “like wearing your identity card on your face”. In Papua New Guinea, for example, some men cut their skin to resemble crocodiles, creating rippled scarring to resemble the fearsome reptile. For centuries, in parts of Africa, such body-marking shows a person’s tribal identity, which some believe connects them to their ancestors. The body art, which can also involve branding designs into the skin, can signify people as belonging to a particular tribe, family or religion. On Afro.legends.com, a blog about African history talks about the “ancient” and rich African culture of these types of "tattoos". The author says that in the past, a woman or man would bear scarification marks to help distinguish them from anyone else, and show others at a glance their rank, family, clan and tribe – or symbolise their beauty … [Read more...] about Extreme pics reveal how kids as young as one-week-old are slashed with razor blades in African tribe scarring ceremony as sign of beauty
The 57-year-old British explorer Benedict Allen, who went missing while trying to reach a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea has been rescued with suspected malaria. Allen was trying to reach the Yaifo, thought to be the last tribe on Earth having no contact with the outside world.On Friday, he was rescued by a helicopter from a remote airstrip in Papua New Guinea. Benedict's friend Frank Gardener previously stated that the explorer is not out of danger but is stuck somewhere that is only reachable by air after all the road bridges were cut due to tribal fighting.However, he is now safe in Port Moresby. Simon Tonge, UK high commissioner in Papua New Guinea told the BBC that he will be flown home in the weekend.It is typical of the British explorer to go out without the GPS. However, him going missing for the last three weeks has been an issue of concern for his family members, primarily so because he was cut off from the mainland due to tribal unrest.From Allen's little ones eagerly … [Read more...] about British explorer Benedict Allen rescued from Papua New Guinea: Family hopes to reunite soon
DEEP within the jungle of Papua New Guinea there is an ancient initiation tradition that turns boys not into men, but into crocodiles. Here's what we know about the skin-cutting ritual and the Chambri people who practise the ritual. What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual? Crocodile scarification is an initiation for boys entering manhood during which their skin is cut and scarred to represent the scales of a crocodile. The Chambri tribe believes they descend from the crocodile - a spiritual and symbolic animal throughout Papua New Guinea - and this process recognises this ancestral connection. The ancient myth tells the story of how crocodiles migrated from the Sepik River onto land to eventually become humans. To become an adult, the young initiate first joins his uncle in a spirit house, where he is held down while tribal leaders make hundreds of two-centimetre long slices into the boy’s skin with a bamboo sliver. The boy is not allowed to show pain, as the … [Read more...] about What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual and who are the Chambri people?
THESE powerful images capture the spear-wielding tribes of Papua new Guinea who believe they are possessed with the spirit of the crocodile. They show how the Kangunaman clansmen scar their backs to resemble reptile scales while the Huli Wigmen wear elaborate headdresses to signal they are ready for battle. The Kunai men - armed with spears, bows and axes - are pictured with striking red, black and yellow paint on their faces. Northern Irish photographer Trevor Cole took the stunning images during a gathering of tribes known as a Sing-Sing. Here, the clans come together to show off their own cultures, dances and music. "I always like to think that humans are inextricably connected to their environment," said 61-year-old Cole. He added: "People adapt to climates and landscapes, therefore they are a reflection their natural habitats." There are believed to be 65,000 Huli tribesmen living in the Tari Basin, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Flooding, crop damage and deforestation all … [Read more...] about Incredible pics of Papua New Guinea’s tribespeople who believe they carry the spirit of crocodiles in their souls