To the layperson, these may seem unusual and even horrifying. Each culture from which these modifications originate has its own perspective regarding the human body, and a deep-seated belief that explains the reasons for their practices.
One thing that stood out for me was the fact that, most of the practices here were for women just so they prove something or so they can get married.
Girls as young as 5 years are fattened up in a practice known as Leblouhi in Mauritania, just so she can be married off early. The girls are tortured when they don’t eat all the food given to them.
Other modifications done around the world include Self mummification, foot binding, head elongation, crocodile scarification and finger amputation among others. Check out our full list and get to know more about these traditions here.
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featured image: An Ethiopian woman with a lip plate. Photo Credit: Culturalbeauty.owrdpress.com