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Surprising Tribal Traditions in India

1. Veni Daan

 

It is a weird ritual followed in Allahabad wherein during a Hindu wedding both the husband and wife vow to spend their 7 lifetimes together. This custom is known as Veni Daan wherein all the marriage rituals are carried on again and a huge celebration along with a pooja ceremony is organized. The wife gets ready as a bride in their traditional attire and ties her hair in a plait and later sits on her husband’s lap who then cuts off a tuft of hair from her hair and offers the same to the holy river. This ritual as per them offers happiness and prosperity in the family.

2. Baby Dunked In boiling Water

 

In a shocking and inhumane custom that is carried out in Bijalapur district of Karnataka. 3-month-old infant / babies are dunked in boiling hot water and immediately the baby is lifted out wherein the baby sustains severe burns. The ritual is carried out by the people with a myth in mind to thank the deities and the priest for blessing the home with a child.
 

3. Burying Children In The Sand

 

In Karnataka a shocking custom prevails according to which on the day of solar eclipse children with physical disabilities and certain types of handicaps are buried in the sand up to their necks. As per their belief keeping children in the sand for 5 to 6 hours on the day of solar eclipse helps the children get rid of and cure their disabilities. To one’s utter surprise this is a treatment as per them.
 

4. Khasi Tribe

 

Children in Meghalaya use the surnames based on the mother's lineage and not the fathers. As per their custom, it is the mother who inherits the property and not the father. They do not prefer arranged marriages and in case a woman gets divorced, the woman has complete freedom to marry a man as per her choice.

5. Cattle Trampling

 

On the day of Ekadashi, one day after Diwali there is a huge celebration in Ujjain and Bhopal and as a part of the ritual, the villagers dress up their cattle and decorate the bulls and cows with henna and paints, they wear garlands and lie flat, belly-side down on the ground and allow their cattle to trample over them. As per their belief, their wishes get fulfilled.
 

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