Women’s fingers chopped off each time a family member dies in Indonesian Tribe
The world has many bizarre traditions in different cultures. One of them is a practice in the Dani Tribe of Indonesia where women’s fingers are chopped off when any family member died.
In Indonesia’s Dani tribe, every time a member of the family dies, the fingers of the women of the house are chopped off in a ritual called ‘Ikipalin’.
The upper part of a woman’s finger is cut off when a family member dies. Tribesmen believe that in this way the soul of the ancestors’ find peace.
Women’s fingers are first tied tightly with rope to prevent blood circulation and pain, and then the top of the fingers are chopped off with an axe.
The Dani tribe believes that the pain women feel during this process helps to ease the pain of the deceased’s death.
Interestingly, the responsibility to reduce the dead ones’ pain lies on women’s shoulders and not men’s because women of this tribe have to go through the painful ritual alone.
Some people in Indonesia have protested against the practice, calling it horrific and barbaric, while the government is taking steps to end the practice.