Five Super Human Tribal Practices Still Exist In Africa, Tribes in Africa

Africa as history might have is arguably one of the starting points of ancient civilization, with fossils discovered in such places as Ethiopia, ancient Benin-Nigeria, and Egypt dating as far back as 3500 BC.

In a time when skyscrapers were trees, Gucci and Fendi were either leaves or animal skin away from the money-making gadgets it would come as no surprise if wild practices were common. But more shocking is the knowingness that some mind-blowing practices I would refer to as superhuman, yes because you really need more than guts to do them.

Brace yourself as I take you through the worlds you never thought existed in your backyard.

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1. The MAASAI Levitation ritual.

The practices of the Maasai tribe located in both Kenya and Tanzania is one that has wowed many over the years.
Ranging from female circumcision, and mystical dance that depicts levitation these tribes are also known for hospitality but not one you might like to know. But hey will let you know anyway.
The Maasai tradition has it as a popular practice for a man to give his wife to a male visitor for sexual intercourse all through the night.
Shocked? this practice is totally ok by them. In fact, the woman takes this as a chance to show that she is really a woman..

The MAASAI Levitation ritual.
A Mursi woman with lip disc on

2. The Women of Mursi, Ethiopia and strange body Scarification

This group of people resides in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples region close to the South Sudan border, Ethiopia. Known to practice Animism ( a belief that there exists a force up in the sky much greater than themselves in the form of a rainbow and manifest itself as the birds of the sky). Some of their men and women also practice scarification involving deep metal cuts.

Body scarification

Their women are popularly known for wearing large rubber or metal discs on their lips. Some disc worn over their lips are so wide and big that it defies common logic, maybe superhuman logic it is.

3 . Cain Lashing(Sharo) Mmage tribe, Fulani- Nigeria

The is one of the tribes in Nigeria. It could as well be called The Naked flogging of the Donga tribe.

Marriage they say is sweet but not when selecting a bride involves some serious flogging. This is exactly the case with the Sharo tribe. To convince the bride that a man is strong, capable, and man enough to take care of her they have to endure countless lashes with a well-seasoned whip designed to produce the sweetest pain. Even worse is the Donga tribe naked flog to death ritual where completely naked men engage in a flog fight to win a woman.

While the flogging is in progress the suitor is not expected to move, cry or complain else he loses the bride forever. At the end of the event only one groom goes home with the bride, the one who showed no sign of pain, agony, nor did he run away -that one who would make a good cast in the next Marvel superhero series.

3 . Cain Lashing(Sharo) Mmage tribe, Fulani- Nigeria
A Sharo suitor receiving some good lashes

4. Dancing with the dead -Madagascar

While the common mention of the phrase 'the dead' would send some shiver down the spine of some people, in Madagascar the reverse is the case, why? they instead dance with the dead.

It's in their tradition ( famadihana or in English 'body turning' ) that when a loved one dies and is buried their corps is been exhumed, wrapped in a thick cloth or mat, and is paraded around the village with dancing and ritual chants.

This they claim means last respect for their lost relative, and as well a means of reuniting the living and the dead.

Dancing with the dead -Madagascar
Relatives dancing with the exhumed corpse of their loved one

5. Festival of the dead- Bantu tribe, Malawi

Festival of the dead- Bantu tribe, Malawi

Chiwa community is the home of the Bantu tribe known for its underground practices called Nyau.
Nyau is a burial rite ceremony of a fellow tribe member meant to purify the body before they are laid to rest.

6. The Ostrich Women

Ostrich Women

In the cleansing process, the corpse is washed and the throat is cut open for the purpose of pouring water into the head via the opening. The water so poured in is squeezed out and the same process is carried out until clean water emanates from the body signifying a complete cleansing.

After the whole process is done, the water used for the cleansing is then used to prepare a meal for the whole community.

7. The Massai Tribe- Kenya and Tanzania

The Massai Tribe- Kenya and Tanzania

This is a tribe in Tanzania and Kenya. Both countries are home to the Massai tribe known for quite a couple of traits such as;
Spiting on newborn babies and cursing them instead of blessing them. The curse they believe protects the baby against evil.

Thinking of visiting there?, be informed the Massai people spit randomly at the sight of a stranger. Not for evil tho but as a way of saying hello.

They swell wet their hand with spittle before reaching out for a handshake. You might need a face mask and a pair of gloves should you visit there.

Finally, the Massai people are good farmers with lots of cows and lots of milk, but they do not take milk rather they prefer drinking the fresh blood of their livestock such as goats, cows, etc.
Superhero indeed.

What do you think? Are there any strange practices in your area or country you would love the world to know about? feel free to comment and share.

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