Can You Guess What This Tribe Does To Women When A Loved One Dies?

Josephine Thompson

Journalist

We all can do crazy things after we lose a loved one. However, the Dani tribe in Papua, Indonesia, takes it to a whole new level. Their women cut off the top half of a finger after attending the funeral of a loved one. They also smear ashes and clay on their faces, but that's not that extreme in comparison

The Dani tribe lives in a bit of Papua Province so remote that it's only accessible by plane – yet about 250,000 Dani live there. Their finger cutting is symbolic of the suffering, but even the tribe now believes it to be outdated and it had been officially banned several years ago. Nowadays, it's mostly the older women who bear the scars.

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