Bizarre Cultural Practices: Finger Cutting

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The death of a family member in the Dani tribe of Indonesia heralds a vast amount of emotional – and physical – pain for women. Aside from the inevitable emotional grief, women of the Dani tribe physically express that by cutting off (by compulsion) a segment of one of their fingers when a relative passes away. The bizarre cultural practice is performed as a means to satisfy ancestral ghosts, and is rarely, but still sporadically, Bowman in the tribe. Before being amputated, the fingers are tied with a string for thirty minutes to numb them. Once amputated, the new fingertips are burned to create new scar tissue.



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