7 Weird Indonesian Traditions That Will Shock You

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3) Debus Martial Arts, Banten, West Java

This remarkable Muslim martial art form, introduced to the area in the 16th century, requires participants to show their faith in the form of self-harm. The idea is that if you fully trust God with your life, he will not let you be harmed. Participants are sliced with knives, eat fire, insert needles into their cheeks, chew glass, but manage to walk away unharmed!

4) Ikipalin, Irian Jaya

Taking place in Papua, a somewhat sad ritual exists amongst the Dani People of Wamena. To express grief in life, especially when a loved one dies, instead of crying, the Dani people cut off their fingers. This is done by any method possible, be it slicing, chopping or even gnawing them off!

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