Throughout history, we’ve had a natural tendency to define our diverse cultures with vibrant rituals and practices, some of which have persisted into the modern era (like birthdays). Unfortunately—and especially in underdeveloped countries—many of these traditions are violent and come at the expense of women. With so much technological and social progress, one would think we’ve moved past these sorts of things. But once you see the list 10 horrific rituals forced on women below, you’ll realize the human race still has a long way to go.
Evening The Score
While in many places around the globe, womens’ rights have made up some great distance, especially in recent years and decades, there still remains many places where rituals are brutally inflicted upon them.
And unfortunately, it doesn’t stop at childhood marriages…
Those of the Mentawai tribe of Sumatra, happen to believe that women who have pointy teeth are more attractive than those who do not, and so you can guess what happens as a result.
Apparently, the young women do not even receive any sort of sedative to numb the pain!
Like the Mentawai, the Karen tribe of Thailand also have their own thoughts about what makes a women beautiful, only this time, it’s a very long neck.
This practice occurs among some people in parts of Africa such as Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa, and sees women endure a very strange and horrible practice for equally bizarre reasons. They basically burn womens’ breasts so as to stop them growing, believing that this will reduce the number of rapes that occur.
The very hot implement they use varies from a hot stone like this, to a spatula or hammer.
Some women of the peoples who inhabit the areas around the Uaupes in Brazil, are subjected to horrific torture as a test of marriage. If the woman withstands public beatings without dying, she is considered fit to be wed.
In some remote tribes of Brazil and Paraguay, women are forced to have tattoos on their breasts, stomachs and backs, all in the name of making them supposedly more attractive.