Three Ancient Traditions Around The World

Ancient traditions around the world are a way of acting that people in a particular society or group have continued to follow for a long time.

Before civilisation, men and women were practitioners of various ancient traditions ranging from fashion to rituals. 

Some of these traditions still exist in some parts of the world. Here are three ancient traditions around the world practised by our forefathers:


This is an ancient Chinese tradition which started between the late Shang Dynasty and early Song Dynasty.

This practice began around 1000 BC, and the main reason for this practice is unknown.

foot binding in China

But the stories passed down from generation to generation is that a late Shang with a deformed leg made it a rule to bind the foot.

However, some claim that the tradition is another fashion method because having small legs is an attractive feature of the human body. 

It is said that girls bind their feet as young as five years and this practice became popular in the 17th century. It is still practised in some parts of China.



How would it sound if you were told to offer an animal or fruit to some gods to have good grades or a bountiful harvest? Weird and crazy, right?

human sacrifice

Same way, one of the ancient traditions loved to kill people for various purposes. Aztecs believed that offering humans as a sacrifice to their gods was a method of getting blessed. 


Occasionally, they would send their armies to invade a town or village. 

The purpose of the invasion is to capture humans to be offered as sacrifices to their gods. This practice had approximately 20,000 being killed.

When the temple of Huitzilopochtli had its first official ceremony in 1487, an estimated 80,000 people were killed as an offering to their gods. 



An ancient tradition commonly found among South Americans and South Africans.

Neck stretching is a practice of placing ring metals around the neck. The goal is to stretch the neck, as a sign of beauty.

The necks are not stretching, it is the rings that put pressure on their skull and shoulders, which would make the body adjust.

The shoulder bones flatten due to the weight of the metal rings.

neck stretching

Since it takes a long time for the body to adjust, the bones weaken.  When the bones weaken,  the shoulders won’t be able to support the weight of the skull.

Surprisingly, some of these ancient traditions are still in practice today.


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