Each country has its own laws, traditions and special rules that may seem strange or even shocking to those from other cultures. Our world is stunning and unique and there are enough arguments to support this conclusion.
So, here are seven habits of other cultures that confirm that mankind is in fact a fascinating and endless spectacle.
1. Some women in India marry trees
In vedic astrology, it is believed that people who are under Mars’ powerful influence will not have happy marriages. These people are called “manglik”.
There are even special sections on matrimonial ads where they can get to know each other.This is because, according to popular belief, only a “manglik” can neutralize the negative influence of another “manglik”.
The situation is even more difficult for “manglik” women, because the Indians believe that a woman under the dangerous influence of Mars may worsen her husband’s fate. Thus, these women are advised to marry first with a tree, so that “the curse of Mars” goes over the tree.
After the ceremony, the tree is cut and burned, and the woman is allowed to marry a man.Strange is the fact that manglik men do not have to go through this ritual.
Indians believe that only a wife can affect the husband’s health and destiny or maybe they simply care less about the welfare of a wife within a family.
2. Sundanese indigenous people use banana leaves as dishes
The same tradition can be found in other warmer countries, but in some parts of Indonesia a banana leaf can serve as a plate for many people at the same time.
This type of gathering is called ” botram “, a term that means “eating together”. People with completely different social positions can eat on the same leaf: a taxi driver, a government official, an unemployed person, a teacher, the city’s mayor, etc.
It is believed that “botram” unites all people, regardless of their origin. During this meal, no cutlery is used – the food is served by hand.
3. Nepalese girls, the incarnation of the Taleju goddess
People in Nepal believe that the Hindu goddess Taleju is embroiled in little girls. These little girls are called Kumari, and the search for such incarnation resembles that of seeking the new incarnations of the Dalai Lama.
This is what astrologers and monks are looking for, who are looking for Kumari within the Shakya Shrine in the Newari community. There are several Kumari in the country, but the most famous is “Kumari Royal”, who lives in Kathmandu.
The selection process consists of some strict rituals, after which the chosen one installs itself in a palace, where visitors receive, offering them gifts in the hope that the goddess will bless them.
4. Train passing through a block in China
In the Chinese city of Chongqing you can see an atypical architectural solution – Liziba Station is inside a residential building. The train passes to the sixth floor level of the building.
This architectural solution has sparked a wide range of reactions, from admiration to indignation. The same system is also used in Japan , but the building there is not a dwelling, but an office building, and it does not cross a railway line but a motorway.
5. A whole family on a single motorcycle
This form of travel is neither safe nor comfortable, but it is commonplace in Pakistan and many other Asian countries. These photos are usually ridiculed on the internet, but we should reflect more on them.
Sometimes, poverty forces people to do strange and dangerous things.
6. The Egyptians understand the rules of circulation quite differently
In Egypt, you can drive as your head cuts and your driving license is unlikely to be suspended. Of course, this leads to the emergence of traffic jams and accidents, which are very common in this country.
Officially, Egyptian road laws are the same as in the rest of the world, but the truth is that Egyptian police do not charge for their violation.
7. In Australia, people are fined if they do not vote
Australia is one of the countries whose citizens pay a fine if they do not vote. The fine is not great, but it is a form of sanction.
For example, in 2016, 6,000 people did not vote in Tasmania and each of them was fined $ 26.