How many of you have heard of the place called, Papua New Guinea? Not many I suppose! Well, are you aware that in the mountains of Papua New Guinea; in this world of ours, there is a tribe in which women amputated part of each finger to mourn and remember loved ones. And to emphasize on it more, they would even wear the fingers around their necks for years. Not something to think about!
The death of a loved one can be a traumatic experience which causes emotional pain and suffering as always. However, in some cultures the loss can result in physical pain as well. Can you imagine crying prefusly over someone that you loved so much, only for you as the person to get prepared for what is to happen physically to you also. That is a frightening sight and feeling. You might as well, not only mourn for the loss of a loved one, but also for the loss of your fingers! I thank God I am not from that part of the world. What women have to under go there, is outrightly brutal.
Certain cultures take to this act and believe this physical representation of emotional pain is essential to the grieving process.
It's not too often that you hear of this place. Most times some do not even know that such a place exist. But in this small world, there lies a tribe that practices such or rather, used to. Their custom insist that they actually cut off the top of their finger upon attending a funeral. This ritual is practiced mainly by the woman population of the Dani tribe. She has no choice if she loses a family member or a child. It was a custom done to gratify and drive away the spirits, while also providing a way to use physical pain as an expression of sorrow and suffering. So they believed...
The Dani tribe members believed religiously that if the dead human being were a powerful person while they were alive, then the memories and presence would remain in the village in lingering spiritual turmoil.
This ritual of some sort, has been banned in New Guinea, but the evidence of the practice can still be seen in some of the older women of the community.
The practice of causing physical pain to show grief and deal with mourning can be seen in a numerous amount of other cultures as well. We all know that grieving is a natural response to losing someone. And as every culture would have it, everyone has their different ways of dealing with grief.
In conclusion though, such a harsh manner of grieving, is something I truly do not support!
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