When we hear about the various barbaric practices that were common in the lives of our ancestors, we tend to look at them with conviction and to think of them as an absolutely uncivilized and totally wild.
Most of us wonder if our ancestors who are prone to violence, or those who enjoyed the sight of the bloody gladiator fights and condoned violent medieval practices are less developed than the modern man.
Is it really so much of humanity is progressing, and yet we are the same bloodthirsty and ruthless as they were before?
10. Mid-century witch-hunt
Women in Papua New Guinea were subjected to terrible torture with a fiery iron bar them locked in a room full of gas, and were burned alive
on the mound of tires in front of hundreds of onlookers, and all with the aim to drive out of them witches.
If in the "business" did not appear gas and tires, you probably think that all this happened in the 16 or the 17 th century, not in February of 2013.
Sometimes their horrific torture barbarians even managed to convince themselves, as a rule, 20-year-old victim that they are actually witches.
Papua New Guinea — is not the only place where there is still afraid of witches. Several communities in Africa still have regular witch hunts, and it's not just small groups of people.
For example, the president of Gambia, Yahya Jamie (Yahya Jammey), which admittedly is a bit "crazy" began in the 2009 campaign for the witch-hunt
in which terrorized the locals. Because of this, the country has left so many people were even victims.
Other examples are killed each year in India 150-200 women for witchcraft and sorcery in Saudi Arabia is a legally punishable and is punishable by death.
9. Modern-day slavery
In modernized countries we despise our ancestors who used slavery, but we believe that all this things of bygone days. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The International Labour Organization believes that in today's world, there are between 10 and 30 million slaves, more than at any other time in history.
Yes, you read correctly: never had so many slaves as they are now. Even in the 18th century, at the height of the African slave trade from Africa exported around six million slaves.
Where are all of today's slaves? Virtually everywhere. Around the world are abducted or lured into cheating men, women and children who find themselves in debt bondage, are involved in the sex trade, and are also used in other forms of exploitation.
In the U.S. alone about 100,000 children are involved in sex slavery, and the amount of traffic of people worldwide exceed 32 billion dollars in the near future, according to forecasts, revenue from the traffic of people exceed the pace of drug trafficking.
Worldwide traffic of people is a criminal offense, however, most of the slaves exist today in Asia, where there are about 12.3 million people involved in forced labor.
They are often overlooked because they are working on a kind: in restaurants, agriculture, hotels and similar industries. Meanwhile, the kidnappers are free labor force and keep people and intimidating them with threats of violence or murder.
8. Trafficking in children
Of course, the sale of children goes hand in hand with slavery, but there is something incomprehensible that parents sell their own flesh and blood in forced servitude, accompanied by unimaginable suffering. In such situations, it seems that
omnipotent power of the dollar …
Really shocking is that the internet is full of websites offering to exchange the children for money. They are trying to deceive parents to the latest thinking, if that's okay.
The site displays pictures of smiling children who look as if they were at a summer camp on vacation, in fact, many of them exhausting work 18 hours a day.
7. Modern cannibalism
Except for isolated cases with psychopaths or with small groups of people who were forced to eat each other to survive, really, there are still people cannibals, for which eating man — is part of the culture?
It turns out that there are.
Some say that they do it, others say no, but if you ask about some of Korowai tribe, they admit that they are still eating tribesmen.
Living in Indonesian New Guinea, this tribe has a long tradition (dating back to prehistoric times) is people, and the fact that the tribe has been in relative isolation from the modern world for such a long period of time, let this custom has been preserved.
Today, the most common of "Human" dish — is khakhua (witch doctor).
Thus, at first they torture a man to death, then kill it and eat primarily brains. They believe that the "witch doctor" starts to eat the people inside, and only then, after the discovery of this fact, the members of the tribe decide to eat the "unfortunate."
When journalist Paul Raphael (Paul Raffaele) decided to live in a certain time Korowai tribe, he openly shared lived experience, as well as participated in the process of eating people. Moreover, he has dispelled rumors that the taste of human flesh like pork. If someone is interested to know is the assurance of a journalist it is more like the taste of chicken.
Rumor has it that in addition to Korowai tribe in remote areas of the South Pacific inhabited by cannibals and others. In 2011, the media said that the German sailor Stefan Remin (Stefan Ramin) was eaten by cannibals.
Of course, there was no conclusive evidence that he was eaten, but the only thing that's left of it — it's charred and dismembered bones, teeth and clothing remnants, which were found by local authorities.
6. Human Sacrifice
The first thing that comes to mind for most people when they hear about human sacrifices, is a group of ancient people who threw an innocent victim in the mouth of a volcano. Although the "Vulcan" death were invented mainly storyteller
human sacrifice existed and continue to exist until now.
For example, there is a group of Indians who still practices the tradition of Sati is now illegal. Sati — is a funeral custom in which the widow of a deceased man (voluntarily or after public pressure) rushed to her husband's coffin and buries alive together with him.
Women do it to demonstrate their loyalty and devotion to their husbands, but in addition to suicide or murder, detractors argue that the this practice perpetuates women's subordination.
In 2011, the BBC undercover reporter found that in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, in full flourish child sacrifice, which turned into a very profitable business. Apparently, the Rich people pay huge sums of money healers,
that those found to have a child that will be sacrificed.
They believe that this sacrifice will bring them more wealth and good health. The practice was so widespread that even the streets exhibited signs warning parents that children are abducted healers.
In 2013, the Miss Uganda also joined in the campaign against child sacrifice, saying that this practice is "tearing society."
5. Public execution
Until the twentieth century, public executions were regarded as entertainment for the whole family. But these days, one can hardly say something like that. In the western world they are almost non-existent, and many countries have introduced a complete ban on the death penalty.
But in some places, public executions have gone nowhere, and some countries still use them as a method, which allegedly may deter people from committing crimes.
Recently, this practice is most famous for Iran. Following the huge growth in the number of crimes, the Iranian authorities have decided to open the mystery of the death penalty (which number in the hundreds per year) and move the entire procedure from the prison walls in the central park in Tehran to do it for all to see.
And also, how many years ago, people like these shows. The death penalty shall be imposed for offenses such as murder, rape, homosexuality, and drug-related offenses.
According to Amnesty International, only in China was far more executions than Iran. However, accurate data is difficult to obtain because most of the death penalty is executed behind closed doors and kept secret.
4. Cruel punishment
There is one thing that is worse than a public execution, the death penalty is preceded by public torture. Yes, because the authorities in some countries are not content with simply killing the criminal, they need to get him in front of this well suffer.
One of the most horrific methods is stoning. In this case, people now is buried in the ground and stoned to death. And stones should not be too big and not too small, the offender did not die after the first blow, another man throwing himself a stone, can also be convicted of a crime.
Currently, stoning is legal in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Iran and parts of Nigeria. Often such punishment is used for adultery.
However, it should be noted that the stones beat up — it's just the tip of the iceberg. In Saudi Arabia, for example, Eye gouging and decapitation
continue to be the legal forms of punishment in Nigeria is still
amputated arm for theft, beating with sticks — This is a common practice in Singapore.
Infanticide — the deliberate killing of babies — it's an age-old practice that is carried out for many reasons, including religious sacrifices, and the inability to care for the child, and cannibalism, and sex selection, and control the population.
Most have heard of infanticide in China, which is primarily the result of policy
"One family — one child" However, hardly anyone is familiar with the fact that there is a legal form of infanticide and the Netherlands.
About ten years ago, received the status of euthanasia is legal in this state, and now this right can take advantage of parents who want to euthanize their sick children, and children with disabilities.
Of course, euthanasia is a more humane way to get rid of the child (if the word "humane" in general upotrebimo in this context). The ancient Romans were just leaving unwanted children on a hillside, and places them at the disposal of wild animals, however, euthanasia still seems to be something extremely regressive.
Euthanasia baby to prevent it from suffering when death is inevitable, it is one thing, but some proponents wish to broaden the law so that parents can get rid of unwanted children. Today, about 8 percent of all infants who die in the Netherlands, go to the light at the hands of doctors.
2. Female circumcision, why?
Just thinking about this shocking practice hurts. Indeed, this is a very difficult subject to discuss, but is still relevant in today's world. To avoid describing the details, it is worth noting that This practice involves surgical removal of all or part of the external female genital organs.
Such barbarism is practiced in parts of Africa and the Middle East. Circumcision is a cultural and religious practice since 484 BC. It is believed that such a mockery of a woman to control her libido is.
The rite of female circumcision
The World Health Organization, as well as leaders around the world have tried to put an end to this terrible tradition, saying that there is no health benefit from it is not, and vice versa,
circumcision causes a tremendous amount of life-long complications.
They also note that there is no religious scripts, which clearly show the need to breaching such a woman's body.
1. Feast of Blood
If you put these guys in loincloths and sandals, then surely you would feel that you were in the Roman arena. In fact, this is a group of modern Spaniards, who Enjoy the holidays, when it is possible to torture and kill the bull.
Holidays blood, usually accompanied by a major holidays. Moreover, in the framework of such holidays entire cities are involved in order to arrange the massacre of cattle.
According to the rules of the Middle Ages, the locals can easily reset the goat with the bell tower, cover with wax bull, set on fire, and then allowed "to walk" through the streets, or just walking around the neighborhood with him, slowly killing the animal with knives and spears.
Killer bull even gets the "honor" to carry a spear ears, tail and genitals of a slaughtered animal, then he is allowed to eat bull testicles. In Spain operate from 10 to 20 thousand of such holidays blood every year, and this is not the only country where the animals seen such cruelty. This "famous" and even Portugal, Mexico and Brazil.