The august anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss believes that the customs, traditions and myths of all cultures, no matter how bafflingly diverse, mimic the characteristics of the human mind.However disparate the details of our lives, deep down we’re all a lot more alike than we think.And certain patterns have emerged (linking them most intimately, strangely enough, to the cruelly elitist but drop-dead gorgeous Mbaya-Guaicuru of Brazil).
And while, as aspiring A-lister Geoffrey Rush said earlier this year, “There’s no secret establishment in the deserts of Australia where they’re turning out hunky men and beautiful women ready to invade the village of Hollywood,” the traditions of the Hollywood tribe still reflect both their tragic isolation and their fulminating conspicuousness. We have spent the past year compiling an inventory of the customs of a native community and its lifestyle. Courting No one is leerier of a mésalliance déclassé or, for that matter, an alliance flambé than this fierce entertainer tribe.
The skin on the chest of the participants is pierced with a skewer, and a rope connects the skewer to a pole which represents the Tree of Life.
The participants then move back and forth to try and break free from the skewer—which, it bears repeating, is still lodged in their Followers of the Shi’a sect of Islam carry out the ritual of mass self-flagellation every year during the Holy month of Muharram, in order to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
There are five types of people who cannot be cremated according to Hinduism: holy men, children, pregnant or unmarried women, and people who have died of leprosy or snake bites.
These people are set afloat down the Ganges, where the Aghori pull them from the water and ritually consume them.