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An Insight Into the Tribe Where Women Cut Their Fingers After The Death Of Their Husbands.
There are few ancient tribes that still abide by their culture and traditions even with the widespread civilization across the world.
Diani tribe is among the few, and today we are looking at their extraordinary culture and traditions
Let’ s dive into the details shall we?
Diani tribe lives in mountainous ranges of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.
When the eldest male member of the family (husband) passes away, the nearest female relative(s) of the deceased cut off the upper part of the fingers or multiple fingers.
Apart from finger amputation, they smear ashes and clay on the face to exhibit grief and gloom during burial preparations. The amputated fingers are burn into ashes and stored in pots.
These pots are kept in the house or buried with deceased body. The tribe believe these rituals would satisfy the ancestors ghosts and drive them away, which would otherwise linger spiritual turmoil in the village.
They bath themselves in mud during funeral to symbolise that the corpse is returning to soil. They regularly exhumes remains of dead relatives to smoke out evil spirits in them. It is done mostly among older women but fingers of younger girls are sometime bitten off by their mothers if she no longer want to lose more fingers.
Even though they amputated their hands, it is interesting to know that they still carry out their daily activities with ease. In their beliefs, each finger must cooperate with each other to build strength so the hands can perform perfectly.
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