The people who inhabit our planet are very diverse. The same applies to their life structure, way of life and traditions. Especially interesting to us are the traditions that are associated with food.
Travelers often discover such bizarre, and sometimes wild, features of some peoples, which are sometimes difficult to believe. Meanwhile, behind every shocking ritual usually hides an ordinary phenomenon originating from antiquity. Having learned the history of a particular tradition, much becomes understandable and explainable.
Below we will talk about the four most unusual, in our opinion, culinary traditions in different parts of the World!
Siberian magic mushrooms
Historically, Siberian shamans were famous for their ability to create various mixtures for ritual rites, using hallucinogenic mushrooms. Having consumed the prepared broth, the shamans entered the desired state of trance.
In past centuries, there were no alcoholic beverages in Siberia, and the indigenous people used such mushrooms as a kind of means of intoxication. Such peculiar recipes were fond of the Chukchi, Yakuts, Ugrians, Koryaks and other small northern peoples.
Spanish Wine Battle
In the small Spanish city of Haro, a large-scale holiday called the "Wine Battle" takes place annually at the end of June. The essence of the festival is as follows: guests come in necessarily white clothes, and then the competition begins, where all the participants of this strange battle are poured with red wine from head to toe. For a day in the town poured about fifty thousand liters of this drink!
The tradition is rooted in a religious event that commemorates St. Peter, the patron saint of Haro. Many years ago, there was a terrible heat on this day, and in order to somehow escape from the scorching sun, pilgrims began to pour wine on each other. Hence this interesting tradition. Nowadays, hundreds of tourists seek to get to the "Wine Battle".
Indonesian Last Meal
In the life of the Toraja, one of the peoples of Indonesia, an important role is played by the traditions associated with burial. The faith of this people is similar to the death cult that was developed in ancient Egypt. For the Toraja, death is something incredibly valuable, they have been preparing for it for years, preparing for themselves the places of future burial. For example, toraji for years cut down caves in the rocks, which is fraught with serious difficulties and very time-consuming. At the same time, if death occurred suddenly, then until the place for burial is ready, the deceased is kept at home and even sat with the whole family at the table during solemn ceremonies. This can go on for many months.
By the way, Indonesian tribes are not the only ones who revere the dead so much. Something similar can be observed in Mexico and in some other countries.
Kenyan drinks with blood
The inhabitants of one of the tribes of Kenya have an extremely unpleasant and incomprehensible to many tradition - they drink the blood of cows. The Maasai lead a nomadic lifestyle and are constantly moving from one place to another. Accordingly, Kenyans drive livestock with them. Centuries ago, in the arid deserts of Africa, it was cows that helped nomads not to die of thirst, because the only salvation for people was cow's blood.
Now the Maasai rarely roam, but the original drink that their ancestors consumed is still relevant. Cow's blood is drunk by the inhabitants of the tribe at large festive ceremonies, sincerely believing in its healing properties and magical power.