5 shocking sexual traditions from around the world
From tribes in Papua New Guinea all the way to Iran, we count five shocking sexual traditions from around the world.
1. The Trobrianders
These islanders from a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea seem like a case study in the ultimate consequences of the sexual revolution. Girls want sex just as much as guys, and kids start having sex at a very young age of 6-8 for the girls and 10-12 for the guys with no social stigma.
However, while everybody is having sex whenever they want, premarital meal-sharing is a big no-no. You're not supposed to go out for dinner together until after you get married.
Travel to Haiti in July and visit the waterfalls of Saut d'Eau to witness a risqué ritual. Voodoo practitioners make this journey each summer to worship the goddess of love.
But, picture a group of naked people twisting and wriggling around in mud mixed with the blood of sacrificed animals, with cow and goat heads thrown into the mix.
3. Iranian culture
Muslim practices are among some of the strictest regarding sexual intercourse. For instance, Muslim couples are only allowed to have sex in the missionary position and it is considered degrading for a man to ask any other position from his wife.
However, in Iran, a young couple who would like to have sex before they're ready to marry can request a “temporary marriage.” They are allowed to pay for a short ceremony, with a written contract dictating the amount of time they will be “married.” Once this is done, they can have sex without contradicting Islamic law.
4. The Mangaians
In Mangaia, an island in the South Pacific, people are encouraged to have many sexual partners before they marry and boys undergo a superincision, cutting the foreskin at the age of 13.
Older women are told to have sex with young boys so they can learn about sex and how to properly please their partner.
5. The Wodaabee tribe
The tribe were men steal each other's wives. In the Wodaabe tribe of Niger in West Africa, men are known to steal each other's wives.
The Wodaabe's first marriage is arranged by their parents in infancy and must be between cousins of the same lineage. However, at the yearly Gerewol Festival, Wodaabe men wear elaborate makeup and costumes and dance to impress the women. If a man is able to steal away undetected another man's wife then they become socially recognized. These subsequent marriages are called love marriages.
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