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African Children with Albinism Hunted for Limbs

In some traditional communities of Tanzania and other countries in Africa, persons with albinism, and parents of children with albinism, constantly live in fear of attack. Albinos' body parts are believed to bring wealth and good luck. As a result, attackers chop off their limbs, hair, teeth, genitals and pluck out organs, and sell them… Read More
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Drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit

When a driver in China accidentally hits a pedestrian, they will often purposefully run over the victim a few more times to ensure they are dead. Chinese law makes it cheaper to actually kill a person with a car than to injure them. When someone is injured, the victim has to be taken care of… Read More
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Why Can’t You Pronounce the Name of a Dead Aboriginal?

Aboriginal people believe that a dead person’s name could not be said because you would recall and disturb their spirit. The avoidance period may last anywhere from 12 months to several years.  That's why aboriginal newspapers use a substitute name instead of the deceased person's first name or refer to them with a subdued name… Read More
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You Can Be Found Guilty of Murder and Pay Money to Avoid Punishment

Diyya, commonly translated as “blood money,” is a system for criminals to compensate their victims’ families financially in countries whose law follows the Shari'a, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. The family of a murder victim can choose to accept a blood-money payment in lieu of the death sentence, jail time, or lashing that might… Read More
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This Lifejacket Makes You Sink

A booming cottage industry has emerged as a byproduct of the migrant crisis in Turkey, the manufacturing of lifejackets that don't work. Rather than buoyancy aids, some life jackets are stuffed with foam or sponge, materials that become heavy when soaked, and caused their wearers to sink. Wearing the fake lifejackets become more dangerous than wearing… Read More
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Hindu Widows Still Immolate Themselves When Their Husband Die

Despite being prohibited in 1829, the tradition of ritual suicides by widowed women is still respected in certain communities of India. There have been cases of Sati in 2002, 2006 and 2008. The most high-profile sati incident was in Rajasthan in 1987 when an 18-year-old widow was forced by her brother and father-in-law to sit… Read More
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You Can Hire Someone to Blub at Your Funeral

In Middle East and in China, the children or the spouse of the deceased sometimes hire trained actors who specialise in the skill of appearing grief-stricken at public events. Before the funeral services, they are briefed about the deceased's background, achievements, failures etc. so they can talk to other mourners as if they had genuinely… Read More
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China holds a Cremation Competition

In a bid to improve the profession's image, China hosted in 2015 the very first National Cremation Skills competition, featuring both written and practical tests. The contest saw heated competition among 54 crematory operators from across China in events judging technique, theory, and individual ability. Participants were judged on criteria such as the whiteness of… Read More
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The Strange Mourning Rituals of Aboriginal Australians

Bereavement, known as sorry business, is a very important part of Aboriginal culture. The grieving relatives may live in a specially designated area, the sorry camp, for a period of time.  Soon after the death, all residents from the diseased's former house as well as close relatives set up a camp outside the settlement. Residents… Read More
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Feeding Animals with the Dead

Tibetan communities still practice ritual dissection, a funerary tradition wherein a human corpse is incised in certain location and placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to vultures. The bodies, wrapped in white cloth, are bought to the burial site, where the monks have enticed vultures and other airborne scavengers. The bodies are left alone for… Read More
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