5 strange cultures in Africa you won’t believe

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Chewa’s festival of the dead
Chewa’s festival of the dead

5 strange cultures in Africa you won’t believe

Africa is the second-largest continent after Asia. The continent is home to over 3000 ethnic groups. These ethnic groups have some fascinating and bizarre cultures that will give you the shock of your life. Most of these bizarre customs are what make the African continent one of a kind.

However, some of these traditions have been said to be inhuman and have had some psychological effects on the people.

Most of Africa’s traditions or cultures are expressed in various art forms such as dance, music, sculptures, art, and bead-work.

Some of the strange cultures of Africa have been listed below.

1. Firstly, The spitting of the Maasai

The Maasia is an ethnic group that can be found in Kenya and the Northern part of Tanzania. They are a tribe that has stayed true to themselves. Their culture has never had any infiltration by a foreign culture. The tradition has been there since time immemorial.
The Maasai’s form of greeting is to spit on the hands and extend them to the other for a handshake. Hence, this is expressed as a form of respect and blessings.

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Also, when a baby is born, the elders of the tribe spit in the palm of the baby to wish him or her good luck and long life.

Again, when a lady gets married, the bride’s father spits on her forehead after the wedding ceremony as a way of blessing her union. The Maasai are also known to eat raw meat and drink fresh milk or blood from cows.

The spitting of the Maasai
The spitting of the Maasai

2. Secondly, Chewa’s festival of the dead

The Chewa’s is a tribe of the Bantus and are found in Malawi. With this custom, when a member of the tribe dies, the corpse is taken to a special place for it to be cleansed. The cleansing is done by slitting the throat of the deceased and pouring water through the corpse. The water is then gushed out of the body till it is clean and then the water is collected and used to prepare a meal for the entire community.

Chewa’s festival of the dead
Chewa’s festival of the dead

3. Thirdly, Beating to earn a wife – Fulani

This custom is practiced among the Fulani tribe in Nigeria. The Fulanis are a semi-nomadic ethnic group. The practice of a groom being beaten by the elders of the community is called Sharo. This beating earns the man some respect and gives him permission to get a wife. If the groom is unable to bear the pain he is not allowed to marry and the wedding will be canceled. The bride’s family can also reimburse the dowry.

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Beating to earn a wife – Fulani
Beating to earn a wife – Fulani

4. Also, Potency test among the Banyankole tribe in Uganda

The Banyankole tribe is a minority tribe in Uganda. To them, they view marriage as a burden to the bride’s aunt. Thus the groom is expected to have sex with the bride’s aunt after which the aunt will test the virginity of the bride.

Potency test among the Banyankole tribe in Uganda
Potency test among the Banyankole tribe in Uganda

5. Lastly, Bull-jumping in Ethiopia

This is practiced by the Ethiopians. It involves the young boys stripping naked and having to run and jump over several bulls. This is done to prove their manhood and preserve their own dignity and that of their families.  This is also done before a man is allowed to get married.

Bull-jumping in Ethiopia
Bull-jumping in Ethiopia

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