Top 10 Most Brutal Religious Ceremonies [Warning: Graphic Content] — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Most Brutal Religious Ceremonies [Warning: Graphic Content] — TopTenzNet


10 Brutal and Horrifying Religious Ceremonies 10. Scalp Dances While anyone who has seen any traditional
westerns or Inglourious Basterds has heard of the Native American practice of removing
the scalps of enemies, particularly among tribes like the Apache. It’s much less likely
you’re aware of the ceremony and etiquette that went into using them for post-battle
celebrations and ceremonies. For one, they were not to be conducted if the victorious
tribe had suffered heavy casualties or if the chief was wounded in the battle. Furthermore, the scalps were to be given to
the women for them. They would be either paraded about triumphantly or to be dragged through
the dirt contemptuously. If there were any grieving widows, the scalps were to be used
to symbolically wipe away their tears as if they were facial tissues. 9. “Respectful” Mongolian Executions Although the Mongols are heavily associated
with seemingly mindless murders, as it happened they had protocol for putting certain respected
figures to death that was even worse than mere quick decapitation. They would wrap them
in cloth (rugs, a bag, etc.) and then crush them with stones or trampling horse hooves,
often slowly and practically into paste to ensure death. This was so that none of their
blood would touch the ground out of a belief that if the blood of someone of a royal (regardless
of whether they were a Mongol or not) touched the ground, it would offend their gods. One of the more noteworthy of the persons
killed this way was the Caliph of Baghdad in 1258 because his death destroyed the unified
Islamic power structure of the Middle East and spawned almost a millennium of bru1tal
conflict among Muslim branches. 8. Self-Impalement Purification through voluntary pain is a common
theme in religions all over the world, but one of the more memorable examples of it takes
place in the town of Phucket in Southern Thailand on September 30 as part of a nine-day vegetarian
festival. There are dozens of people who will stab themselves through the cheeks with everything
from knives to gun barrels, and stick such things as umbrella handles, shovels, tricycle
handles, and flower bouquets through the holes. Unsurprisingly this draws spectators that
number around 100,000. The origin of this spectacle was a meditation practice that would
help them endure inhuman amounts of pain. Seems like the vegetarian aspect of the festival
would be pretty much completely overshadowed by it. 7. Sparagmos Unlike the other entries on this list, there
is some debate over the reality of this next practice. Some believe that it was just a
bit of theatrical symbolism of the cycle of death and rebirth, and others cite accounts
that claim specific years that the ceremony took place. Not that it’s something anyone
would particularly want to be true. Sparagmos means to rip or to tear in Greek.
In this case, it refers to a ceremony to commemorate an event wherein the baby Greek god Dionysus
was torn apart by Titans, figures which existed before gods in their mythology. This was reenacted
by ceremonies where followers would take a variety of different symbolic beings that
included bulls, goats, and babies, according to legend (one that reportedly occurred in
276 b.c. involved three Persian youths), and rip them apart after the cultists worked themselves
up into a frenzy. 6. Agoge In the farfetched 2007 film 300, the ritual
from the ancient Greek city of Sparta known as the Agoge was portrayed in a very whitewashed
fashion. While we are shown how the religious ritual involved sending young men out into
the world with the expectation that they’d only be allowed back into society after they
proved they could depend on only their own abilities with a blanket and a spear, the
encouraged survival methods didn’t usually involve killing gigantic wolves or anything
so glorious. The truth was that youths taking part in the
Agoge were sanctioned by the state to stalk and murder slaves (“helots” in Greek).
You can understand why a movie that claimed the Spartans fought for freedom and enlightenment
wouldn’t want to portray that. 5. Torture Exorcisms Although the main association readers today
will have with exorcisms in the 1973 film The Exorcist or the 2010 film The Last Exorcism,
the practice is by no means only one related to Christianity, and they do a lot of harm.
Because they often entail what amounts to physical abuse, there are numerous stories
of people dying from rituals that are meant to cleanse their spirits. For example, on
July 14, 2014, a woman identified as Haseena died from internal bleeding during a form
of exorcism performed by an exorcist named “Sirajuddin.” On June 15, 2015, a woman from Uganda was
granted asylum in the U.K. because she had endured an exorcism due to her being a lesbian,
a ritual that involved “sharp cuts and laceration”. It is definitely one of the more disturbing
aspects of religion gone wrong. In Western culture as well numerous people have died
while violent exorcism rituals were performed, such as when on December 24, 2010 Kristy Bamu
(pictured above) was drowned in a bathtub in London. 4. Child Sacrifice We mentioned child sacrifice being performed
by ancient Greeks in entry number six, and it is definitely something we’d only associate
with ancient times. We also imagine people would only be willing to do it under dire
circumstances, such as appeasing a wrathful god or during a national crisis. It turns
out some people are willing to do it today for reasons that seem terribly small. In Uganda, there has been a rise in the number
of children being sacrificed, first reported in 2006 and rising to 29 of them by 2009.
The sacrifices involved either killing the kidnapped child outright or removing a part
of their body as an offering such as an ear, the heart, the genitals, etc. The persons
who pay for these horrible crimes are supposedly enticed by the claim that the sacrifice will
solve a personal problem in their lives, and as reported, come from all walks of life in
Uganda, including senior political positions. It’s certainly not just the poor and uneducated
that turn to this. Thankfully a number of charitable organizations, such as Children
on Edge and the Ugandan Adolescent Development Support Network are combining efforts to combat
this. 3. Cannibal Executions In 1979, debate flared up with the publication
of The Man Eating Myth about whether any tribe anywhere in the world had ever actually eaten
other humans for reasons aside from desperation. The idea behind this historical revisionism
was that it was a way to justify European and American imperialism by claiming the lands
that were being seized had been inhabited by primitives violating the ultimate taboo.
Today it is now well confirmed that the ritualistic eating of flesh is a practice still performed
into the modern age by at least one known tribe, the Korowai in Papua New Guinea. This tribe of roughly 4,000 would primarily
perform cannibalism as a form of punishment. It was for “khakhua,” which roughly translates
as “male witch,” the apparent rationale that warlocks will themselves perform cannibalism.
While the body of the executed person is distributed throughout clans, the head is left for the
family that put the person to death. Such a practice was officially banned in New Guinea
in the early 1970s, though some locals insisted to Smithsonian Magazine that it persisted.
Considering that having an entire clan eat a person puts them at risk of a horrible disease
called “Kuru,” it would undoubtedly be in their own best interests to abandon the
practice matter what sort of punishment they may want to give a warlock. 2. Real Crucifixion Most of the Catholic Church is opposed to
the practice, but around the city of Manilla in the Philippines, people have themselves
nailed to crosses for real as a tribute to the martyrdom of Jesus Christ. The practice
in this region began in the 1950s and since then allegedly not a single person has died
from the practice because of precautions such as soaking the nails in rubbing alcohol for
pretty much the rest of the year. Even local bishops believe the custom reflects
improper education in the region regarding the nature of what Christ’s martyrdom was
supposed to represent. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for many of the participants,
some of whom have have come from places around the world, although admittedly those tend
to be the minority. Amazingly some people, such as Danilo Ramos, claim to have done this
as many as 23 times. 1. Conversion Through Rape Although Imams that are not under the sway
of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (the notorious ISIS), such as Ajmal Masroor, condemn
this as a desecration of Islamic law instead of something with a legitimate basis in the
Quran, in October of 2015 it was reported that ISIS terrorists had begun performing
mass rapes with the evil claim that doing so would convert the non-Muslims, such as
the Yazidi people. According to a statement issued by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, if a woman
is raped by 10 different terrorists, then she will become a follower of Allah. Making the situation even worse for victims
of this is that they came from communities that did not have progressive attitudes, so
merely not shaming these women for being victims was a step forward. At least there’s the
fact that this action on the part of ISIS has been cited as evidence that they were
deeply desperate for new recruits after an air offensive by Russia, however sincere their
religious convictions were.

100 Replies to “Top 10 Most Brutal Religious Ceremonies [Warning: Graphic Content] — TopTenzNet”

  1. Dude you seriously NEED to work on pronunciation. You straight up slaughter, how to say a lot of historical names, places, and ideas/institutions.

  2. Child sacrifice "They either kill the children or remove parts of their bodies, including the heart" – doing well if that doesn't kill you.
    On a lighter note, Sparagmos is great for lining plant pots.

  3. Very beautiful documentaries but i have to mention that number 6 is completely wrong . The custom that is submentioned in history that included slave killing was called <<kryptia>> and its not veryfied hostorically . Its probably an Athenian propaganda during the Peloponessian war .

  4. But the Apache did not scalp……. They had far more intriguing ways of torturing and or killing someone. Also, Scalping was introduced by French Burgundian trappers.

  5. Lol #8 – a vegetarian ceremony?
    Why would you do that to your mouth when things like burgers exist?
    Also the sticking things through their cheeks is odd too.

    (Pops some popcorn and waits.)

  6. I got a feeling Jesus wouldn't want people to crucify themselves in his honour plus I wish Jesus's one didn't work, but if there crucifying themselves and not dying is that really a full crucifixion?

  7. Had to cut out that part about eating Rockefellers son in New Guinea? because he actually joined the cannibals and turned his back on civilization?

  8. Number 8 self-impalement…. yeah that's why I'm not vegetarian, I just can't bring myself to impale myself

  9. Scalping was first used on the Native North Americans as there where bounties on the male warriors but soon enough it didn't matter if it was the warriors scalp but the women and children that they started killing and taking there scalps. Today Native North Americans at Powwows show what happened to them by the male Traditional Male dancers wearing a headdress called a Roach which looks like large mohawks and with there foreheads painted Red, this is what they wore to entice the European bounty Hunter to come after the male warriors and not to take the scalps of women and children. So in the future do your research other than watching old western movies and watching Hollywood indians.

  10. My dad was a missionary in the Philippines for 2 years & saw someone crucifixied at Easter both years, the crucify people every Easter

  11. Aztec and Maya human sacrifices should be on the list. The ISIS rapes are not really ceremonies, even though they do some of them for a purpose

  12. The way he smiles in these videos, even when talking about horrifying things… Sometimes you creep me out, man.

  13. The king of England started removing the scalps. He offered a reward for the scalps for the proof that the person killed a Indian. There were no reports on the removing the scalps before this!

  14. LOL Cannibalism was practiced more on Europe than anywhere else, in fact Africans didn't start practicing it until the 20th century.

  15. I loved the vid, however, I had forgotten about some of these, but the ones that should have been made the list are Jehovah's witnessss snd LDS/ mormons.

  16. "So long as man persists in his adherence to ancestral forms and imitation of obsolete ceremonials, denying higher revelations of the divine light in the world, strife and contention will destroy the purpose of religion and make love and fellowship impossible." ~ Baha'i Faith

  17. Learn how to pronounce. Like a gorge. To Kwii gon jin. You are horrible. It's funny when you say it like twenty times….wrong…

  18. @TopTenz Apachi … the ch is like in cheer. You can use that as a rule of thumb on how to pronounce Native American tribal names.

  19. That’s the most prentious, yuppy pronunciation of Apache ever. You make them sound like a Haircare product instead of a fierce band of Native American warriors. Other than that I love your videos.

  20. I don't get why these atrocities are labeled religion when they are not.
    Human beings are animals. No question about it.

  21. The correct pronunciaton is "ah-GO-gay". The seecond is also spoken as a hard G.(I really wish I had taken Greek in school insted of Latin!)

  22. In #4, that child's scar isn't representative of child sacrifice or ritual mutilation. They have a condition (can't remember the name) where the bones in the frontal region of the skull fuse too soon. They've had an operation to allow the brain room to grow without being constricted by bone.

    Child sacrifice is freaking horrific, but I had to clarify that this wasn't abuse.

  23. Lol @ number 1 about ISIS. I'm CHALLENGING you to show me a single shred of evidence of that… I'm challenging u to show me ANYTHING from ISIS supporting such a practice….Just because you dont like ISIS, u just throw around the most absurd allegations without bothering to even verify if it's TRUE or not

  24. I worked and assisted care home for the elderly, and discovered that whenever someone would tell them that they couldn't sleep or that they were in pain most of the time they were given a sugar pill. And a lot of the residence were obviously in pain. It was horrible.

  25. And yet people think that these religious Nutjobs are the ones who should be leading the country……..Religion in all forms is just a terrible concept. Faster folks get away from it, the better our world will be.

  26. Simon Whistler put a man in the hospital last week with a dislocated shoulder,a broken leg,a broken nose and a black eye.The man's crime?He burped without saying "excuse me".

  27. Every time you do a video with no face hair or glasses my brain tells me it's the evil version of the real guy.

  28. Just wanted to add…….Native Americans did not start the practice of scalp taking. That would be the US government that first started it. When they were trying to get rid of the Native Americans they would pay per Native killed. The easiest way to prove the death was to bring the scalp. They also would use skin as proof. Bloody skin….where the term redskin came from. The red did not signify the redfish Brown of the skin, it described the red blood all over said Brown skin.

  29. Religion did not come to this planet to benefit humanity, it was written so as to fill human life with sickness, crime and death. Religion is the worst thing of all on earth.
    Keep it out of your life and live happy and healthily.

  30. Yup. Leave it to the religious zealots to continue making life on this planet real interesting for everybody else.

  31. In '76, while in the Philippines, we actually took a tour to watch several people be crucified out in the rice paddies. Sophia Loren was in our tour group and we still have the photos. Afterward, people would self-flagellate with whips and such and then sell those things to the tourists.

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