The most unusual religious rituals

In an attempt to explain the incomprehensible, a person sometimes goes too far. Many strange religions have been created, of which we have already written. In them, as well as in other beliefs, there are many unusual, and at times even frightening religious rituals. Their authorship belongs to fraudsters, and when they are just crazy.

People commit unhealthy actions all for the sake of faith, which feeds weak and insecure hearts. With the help of such rituals, a sense of importance increases, and responsibility for problems is shifted to the shoulders of the gods. People are really ready for much, for the sake of religious faith.

The most unusual religious rituals

Throwing children.

In the Indian temple of Grishneshvor, which is located in the state of Maharashtra, one of the most extraordinary and dangerous rituals associated with religion is being held. From its name it is clear what is it in throwing children. For these purposes, children aged 1 to 2 years are used. They are thrown down from a height of 15 meters. But nothing dangerous, as it seems, it’s not there – the children are caught by their fathers in a pre-stretched sheet. True, there are accidents. Over the past 150 years, during such a strange ritual, three children were killed. In this country, Muslims and Hindus believe that such a procedure will endow children thrown down by health, luck and intelligence. And spend here such a ritual for about 700 years. Believers consider it quite humane, according to their ideas, a child thrown down has a better chance of achieving success in life. That’s only the children themselves are very scared, they are preparing for the ritual, as a terrible test, not understanding its essence. It is not surprising that a child from such a procedure usually has a psychological trauma. Because of it, children become withdrawn, they stop communicating with people, there is a backwardness from the general development.

The most unusual religious rituals

Burial in the sky.

In Tibet, a very strange and even an eerie rite is used – people are buried right in the sky. For this, the body of the deceased person is dismembered into many parts, and then hanged in high places. For this, trees, mountains, etc. are suitable. Soon the remains begin to decompose and become a food for birds. Buddhists believe that the human body is only a vessel for an immortal soul. In Tibet, it is believed that our perishable shell after death has no value. It is this belief that formed the basis of a strange religious rite. It allows believers to quickly get rid of the corpse of their deceased relative. Although the heavenly burial is considered officially illegal, in Tibet it can be carried out with the consent of all family members.

The most unusual religious rituals


Historians believe that this religious cult became a secondary branch of the Hindu religion, dissociating from it in the XIV century. In India, it is commonly believed that Brahma is the creator of everything. That is why in the world there is no such thing as evil. After all, it is the creation of the Most High. The followers of the Aghori cult went further in their discussions about the creation of the world. They believe that all things are God, therefore, to give up anything is a kind of sacrilege. Because of this belief, the followers of Aghori carry out terrible rituals, for example, eat the dead bodies of dead people. Many believers are engaged in collecting their own feces and other secretions of the human body, because they are bestowed by God.

The most unusual religious rituals

Church of the Maradona.

Believers of this teaching worship not imaginary God, but quite real. Their idol is the legendary football player. I must say that the church approved in honor of it already has 60 thousand parishioners in 60 countries of the world. Believers believe that Maradona is the greatest player in the history of football, they pray to their idol as to God. Every follower of this religion is bound to change his middle name, which goes between the main name and the surname, to Diego. Believers named gods call their children and tell the whole world about the miracles that are due to the belief in Diego Maradona.

The most unusual religious rituals

Medieval madness.

This was a time when true madness was created in the name of faith.And the Middle Ages is famous not only for romance, captivating youth through novels or movies. Let it be considered that in those days honor was valor and honor, and valiant knights in tournaments won the hearts of beautiful ladies. And the kings, it seems, were all kind and decent, and ruled, relying on wisdom and justice. However, the truth does not come up everywhere. The fact is that in this era there was a real cult of filth, which all Europeans worshiped. Usually people only washed a couple of times a year. The most revealing example is the Queen of Spain Isabella of Castile, who lived at the end of the XV century. It turns out that she washed for her life only three times – at birth, before the wedding and before the wedding night. As you might guess, subordinates did not lag far behind their monarchs in this respect. You can remember the lepers, for which the nuns patiently nursed. These kind women even licked the wounds of the sick and ate the scabs of the skin. And all in order to get closer to God and get holiness. In the Middle Ages there were also monks who dealt with certain “God’s pearls”. The fact is that such faithful people deliberately displayed lice on themselves. When the blood-sucking insects were saturated with the blood of Christians, they immediately became sanctified. The murder of such lice was considered a crime. It was believed that a person can repent of his own sins and even kill himself like that. This provided an opportunity to receive forgiveness from the church, but the murder of “God’s pearls” forever closed the gate to heaven for Christians.

The most unusual religious rituals

Church of a flying monster from Spaghetti.

This unusual religion glorifies the very deity that parodies one of the newfangled religions of our time. For the first time, the public learned about the “Flying Monster” in 2005 from an open letter from Bobby Henderson. The message expressed a protest against the decision of the Kansas Education Council. After all, it allowed teachers to teach in schools a traditional theory of evolution, the theory of intelligent design. In his letter, Henderson parodied the whole controversial concept, which implies faith in the divine creator. The author proved that the nearest relatives of God are meatballs and spaghetti. The great creator of everything, the Spaghetti Monster, quickly became an Internet meme, gaining thousands of followers. Today, the unusual church of the “Flying Monster from Spaghetti” has united more than 7.5 million atheists from all over the world. Worship semen.

The most unusual religious rituals

In the eastern highlands of the Pope of New Guinea in 1967, anthropologist Maurice Godeler discovered and described the mysterious tribe of Baruy. All of his story is based on the worship of the male seed – sperm. After all, it is she who gives men their strength and courage. Women here generally have the status of inferior beings, almost mistakes of nature. They are needed only for one – the reproduction of men. In the Baruya tribe, the weaker sex does not have the right to vote, the ladies must obey men without discussion. Women here are passed from house to house as a thing. They are changed to essential goods – onions or salt, which is worth its weight in gold. To gain courage and become full-fledged warriors, all the boys here undergo long training. Already at the age of eight, boys begin to drink the sperm of their older comrades, aged 12 years. This gives them courage and strength to move to a new stage. If the woman wants to receive the power by sampling the male seed, she is simply expelled from the tribe. Formic “mittens”.

The most dangerous and aggressive species of ants Paraponera clavata lives in South America. Pain sensations from their bites are so sharp and resemble gunshot wounds that insects have been nicknamed bullet ants. Some Indian tribes have a rather terrible custom. Before a young man can get the right to be called a man, he must undergo a 10-minute ritual. The teenager thrusts his hands into special mittens, teeming with small monsters. Such a ritual leads to temporary paralysis and even to the blackening of the fingers.Those who have passed such a test say that the pain is so strong, as if the hand fell into the burning coals. However, it also happens that some Indians even die from a painful shock. Then they say that they were simply unworthy to become men. Interestingly, the procedure for becoming a true warrior means a 20-fold trial.

The most unusual religious rituals


This American sect includes mostly former followers of the cult of “Heaven’s Gate”. These believers came to the conclusion that there is no cosmic struggle between the alien forces of God and the Devil, who are arguing for the right to control the Earth. The followers of Bakist believe that the matter ended in the victory of the Devil, who split the body of God into thousands of pieces. Just in support of their beliefs in 2006, scientists have completed the construction of the Large Hadron Collider, which in theory can create the same particles. The sect of the LHC quickly gained followers around the world who worship a huge scientific instrument. They believe that the accelerator of charged particles will someday be able to return the revered God, the commander of space alien forces.

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