1. Inked Designs India

This one does not fall into the weird category but rather different but beautiful.

While tattoos may still be frowned upon in some cultures, temporary ink drawings on the hands, body, or face are often used to celebrate special occasions – safe in the knowledge that the images will fade after a few weeks, or a few good washes. Henna is used frequently in India to decorate visible parts of the body on a bride’s wedding day, or for certain religious festivals throughout the year. Delicate and intricate patterns are painted directly onto the skin to create a beautiful visual effect, a fad that is currently being copied by Western women, who are fascinated by Indian culture, or are just too scared to have a permanent tattoo.

2. Lotus feet China

Here is another extreme body modification practiced in the world. In imperial China, people did this painful beauty procedure involving a girl’s feet being bound tightly with cotton strips, wrapping them when they hit five-year-old. The wrappings were made as tightly as possible so as not to allow the feet grow. After the entire process, the feet are not able to get their regular shape making it easier to spot women with lotus feet by the manner of their walk. Girls with lotus feet were regarded as more sexually pleasing than girls without and they had more chances of having a prestigious marriage. This crazy fashion trend was finally banned in 1912.

3. Long Neck Thailand

Traditionally, from an early age of 2 to 5, young Kayan girls in northern Thailand will begin wearing brass rings around their necks. Every 5 years, more rings are added. The weight of the rings pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage making the neck appear longer. It is believed that women with long necks are more beautiful and thus likely to attract husbands.

4.The Indian Tribe – Napatani

Yaping Hullo is similar to the normal piercing, just that bamboo strips are replaced to make the hole bigger. The moment this nose-hole is big enough, a cane plug is set to be inserted. Many older women still retain this strange fashion thing as a significant part of their roots, but modern women have dropped this practice. However, it is believed that women of the Apatani tribe wore the yaping hullo to appear undesirable to men from other tribes.

5. Japan Yaeba

Yaeba that translates as double or multilayered tooth is a dental procedure where the upper canine teeth are capped temporarily or permanently to create a fanged look. The trend was invented by Japanese pop idol group AKB48 and several people in Japan think it is stunning.

6 . Korea

One in every five South Korean has undergone a cosmetic surgery. For South Koreans, having flawless white skin, thin bodies, small faces, pointed noses and larger eyes are regarded as beautiful and that is why they spend hundreds of dollars for a nose surgery alone. Nose and eyes surgeries are common for people in South Korea

7 . Ta Moko

Tattoos are regarded as a sacred ritual in New Zealand. Ta Moko is a 1000 year-old tradition where mallets and chisels are used to mark an individual’s skin. These tattoos signify a female’s beauty, strength and fertility and a male’s readiness for adult responsibilities.

8. Stretched Lips – Mursi Women of Southern Ethiopia

Lip discs are a long-running tradition amongst the Mursi woman of southern Ethiopia.

The procedure, which also involves knocking out the bottom two teeth, is done at the age of 15-18.

In recent times, the Ethiopian government has taken measures to ban the discs, and the frequency amongst the younger generations is reportedly dwindling.

The discs carry a multifaceted significance. They are intended to attract a husband, as well as a dowry for the family of the wife, who are given a contingent  of cattle respective to the size of the disc.

9. Scarification Karo tribe Ethipia

Scarification, or the practice of marking the skin with a knife to create patterns or symbolic marks is particularly popular in Africa, especially the Karo tribe from Ethiopia and South Sudan’s nomadic Dinka people. The Dinka mark the faces of teenage boys and girls in the tribe as a rite of passage. Usually, girls are marked with beautiful patterns, and boys have three parallel lines, which are supposed to represent their entry into manhood. Although the procedure can be painful, Dinka youths are expressly forbidden from crying or even flinching during their own scarification, since doing so would bring shame to their whole family.

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1. Inked Designs India This one does not fall into the weird category but rather different but beautiful. While tattoos may still be frowned upon in some cultures, temporary ink drawings on the hands, body, or face are often used to celebrate special occasions – safe in the knowledge that the...