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Top 10 painful religious practices of the world

New Delhi: There are many religions in the world. Every religion has its own code of conduct, practices, customs which are different in their own way. Some of the practices are painful, but still practiced

India TV News Desk [ Updated: February 15, 2015 14:56 IST ]
top 10 painful religious practices of the world
top 10 painful religious practices of the world

New Delhi: There are many religions in the world. Every religion has its own code of conduct, practices, customs which are different in their own way. Some of the practices are painful, but still practiced by ardent followers of the religion.


Here are some of the religious practices in the world that are most painful:


1. Sokushinbutsu

 

It is a practice of Buddhist monks that involves self mummification. According to the ritual, the monk survives on a special diet for three years and exercises a lot for the body not to decay after death.

They then eat only bark and roots for another three years and drink a poisonous tea made from the sap of the urushi tree, normally used to lacquer bowls.  

Finally, the self mummifying monk locks himself in a stone tomb where wherein he would not move from the lotus position.

His only connection to the outside world was an air tube and a bell.

Each day, he rang a bell to let those outside know that he was still alive.

When the bell stopped ringing, the tube was removed and the tomb sealed.

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