The Wife swapping practice is seen as an act of kindness

TThe wife swapping tradition has existed for centuries amongst the Ovahimba and Ovazemba tribes of Northern Namibia. It is otherwise known as “Okujepisa omukazendu”, which simply means “offering a wife to a guest.”

According to the demands of this culture, a husband can allow his wife to sleep with any…

Because menstrual blood is seen as a curse and a source of impurity

TThe Chhaupadi Pratha is an ancient Hindu practice that has existed in Nepal for hundreds of years. It is a custom that isolates menstruating women by banishing them to live in huts. During this time, the girls and women are forced to stay apart from other inhabitants.

In Nepali words…

Some mothers intentionally disfigure the breasts of their daughters so that they can become less attractive to men

BBreast Ironing also known as “breast flattening" or “breast sweeping", is a native process that involves the use of hard or hot objects to flatten the breasts of young girls. It is a prevalent African custom that has been adopted in Countries such as Cameroon, Benin, Guinea Bissau and Togo.

Wife selling was once a common practice

BBefore legal divorce became a regular practice, “wife selling” was a fairly popular way to end a bad marriage during the victorian era. Through public separation, it allowed couples to go their separate ways if they wanted to do so.

This method of separation was mostly used in the rural…

The Legacy of Sarah Saartjie Baartman

BBack in the 1800s, Sarah was a Khoisan woman from South African who made headlines when her body was used as a source of entertainment at several exhibition shows in Paris and London.


In 1787, Sarah was born to Khoisan parents and was named Ssehura at birth. As a teenager…

The various attempts to debunk the myth of tear catchers and whether they truly contained tears

AAccording to historical facts, the tear catcher has endured over 3000 years and was quite prevalent during the ancient Roman times. It was used to measure grieving time and as soon as the tears evaporated from the bottle, the mourning period would end.

Tear catchers re-appeared during the Victorian era…

It was a bizarre mourning practice that existed for many years

FFinger cutting also referred to as “Ikipalin", was common amongst the Dani tribe in a remote area of Papua, Western New Guinea. The demands of the custom required that once a family member passed away, the closest relative(s)were to cut off their fingers, as a manner of expressing their grief.

The culture that seduced women into marrying dead men

AAmongst the Kamba people of Eastern Kenya, Ghost marriages existed for many years. It was a custom that required women to marry men that had already died. The people cherished this tradition because they believed that it was a way to preserve the “chain of life”.

So much importance was…

Potency and virginity tests as compulsory marriage rites for the Banyankole people

The Banyankole tribesmen are a nomadic-pastoralist group that reside in certain parts of Western Uganda. This group of people practised a peculiar marriage custom that dates back to the 15th century in the Bantu Kingdom of Ankole in Uganda.

For many years, the Banyankole tribe had a different perception of…

They also exchange greetings in the most unusual manner

TThe Maasai tribesmen are a semi-normadic, pastoralist tribe that reside in Kenya and some parts of Northern Tanzania. Their lives strongly revolve around grazing large herds of cows. With this tribe, cows are highly valued so much that they drink cow blood during special occasions such as marriages, child-birth celebration…


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