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Wood Apple Marriage in Nepal



This page semi-coherently explains: "...a ceremony in the Newar community in Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are 'married' to the bel fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu, ensuring that the girl becomes and remains fertile. It is believed that if the girl's husband dies later in her life, she is not considered a widow because she is married to Vishnu, and so already has a husband that is believed to be still alive."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Food, Children, Foreign Customs, Asia, Weddings

How To Improve Immigrants’ English

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Languages, Foreign Customs, 1940's, Asia, Europe

Passion of Spies



At the new nadir of USA-Russia relations, let us recall when things were even worse--and funnier!

I love the look and style of the artwork here.

The creator.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Cartoons, 1960's, Russia

The Aswang



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Learn about the Filipino vampire known as the "aswang" here and here, then watch the documentary above.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Cryptozoology, Superstition, Foreign Customs, South Pacific

New Use for Baboon Urine

According to NehandaRadio.com, baboon urine is "selling like hot cakes" in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The place to go to get it is the Bulawayo City Council run toilets at Egodini commuter omnibus terminus.

The source of its appeal is the belief that "a baboon by its nature urinates only on one spot. Even if it travels from Matopo to Bulawayo, when it gets pressed, it will travel all the way to Matopo before it relieves itself."

Therefore, by extension (and because the ancient medical 'principle of similitude' dictates this must be so), if the stuff is applied to a man it will "start regulating his bedding tendencies." That is, it will make him faithful to one woman.

The article goes into details about how this is done. However, one husband found his wife's vial of baboon urine, got mad, and domestic violence ensued.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 28, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Medicine, Foreign Customs

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Some particularly weird J-pop from "the David Lynch" of that medium.



Rat Burning Festival

Nowadays we have the Burning Man festival. But back in the 19th century, they had the Burning Rat festival.


Some years since a gentleman, who had just returned from Rome, informed me that he had witnessed the extraordinary spectacle of a large number of rats, after having been dipped into spirits of turpentine and set on fire, being turned loose at the top of the flight of steps which leads from the Vatican to the Plaza below. A great crowd of persons was assembled to witness the spectacle, which took place at night; and I think my informant stated, was customary on the evening of a particular day of the year: the miserable rats, which left the top step of the flight like living balls of fire — amidst the shouts of the populace — arrived at the bottom mere masses of scorched flesh.

Is this custom still kept up at Rome? If so, on what day in the year?

From: Notes and Queries. Nov 28, 1857.

Unfortunately, I don't believe that the correspondent ever received a reply to his question.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 05, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Customs, Foreign Customs

Googoosha



A music video from the daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan. "We have ways to make you dance!"

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 21, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Music, Children, Parents, Foreign Customs, Asia, Europe
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