There are several reasons why traveling is addictive. It throws you out of your comfort zone and gives you a sweet taste of freedom. It drives you to your limits and expands your perspective. It enables you to get in touch with yourself and teaches you how to appreciate life. However, the most addictive and beautiful thing about traveling is being able to learn about and experience new cultures. Moreover, with 195 different countries in the world and thousands of different cultures, the chances to lose yourself in a different culture are immeasurable. Some of them have captured the world’s fancy in films and books, while others are strange and completely isolated from the modern world.
These 5 unique cultures from around the world are some of the most interesting:
Huli – Papua New Guinea
The Huli are one of the most popular tribes on Papua New Guinea, a beutiful island in Oceania that is a home to hundreds of different traditional tribes. The Huli are proud and courageous warriors who are known for their stylish headdresses and unique way of decorating their faces and bodies with bright yellow Ambua (a sacred clay) and red ochre. The men likewise put cassowary quills through their noses, a hornbill beak on their backs,snakeskin across their foreheads, kina shells around their necks, and a belt of pigtails to attract the ladies.
Kazakhs – Kazakhstan
The Kazakhs are a semi-nomadic society who have been travelling through the mountains and valleys of Kazakhstan as of the 15th century. They are descendants of Mongols and other nomadic tribes of Central Asia and still hold onto traditions that are centuries old. Along with taming wild horses, one of their most famous ancient traditions is hunting with eagles. It is seen as the highest form of art and dedication. The yearly Golden Eagle Festival sees wolf-skin clad Kazakhs take to the mountains on horseback and golden eagles soar into the skies in commemoration of this unique heritage.
Rabari – India
India is a land of an enigma, magic, and incredible culture. Also, one tribe that manages to charm the exotic magic of this great country is the Rabari (also called the Rewari or Desai). The Rabari, who are considered to have migrated from Iran more than a millennium ago, have roamed Western India for almost 1,000 years. Their elaborate embroidery, magnificent brass jewelry, and tattoos are legendary. For centuries of years, the women have adorned their bodies with magical symbols that are acknowledged both decorative and religious. The men often wear white with elaborate jewelry and turbans.
Loba – Nepal
The antique “Forbidden Kingdom” of Mustang, which was a lost kingdom of Tibet, is an isolated and remote region of the dramatic Himalayas in Nepal. It is a place shrouded in magic and mysticism and home to the Loba people (or Lowa). They exercise an early form of Buddhism and are known for their flamboyant religious celebrations. The Tiji Festival is a three-day celebration consisting of rituals known as the “chasing of the demons”. Most of the Loba still consider the world as flat.
Gaúchos – South America
Galloping across the wild grasslands of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Southern Chile, Southeastern Bolivia, and Southern Brazil are the gaúchos. These bombacha bearing free spirits are the cowboys of South America. They are bound to their horses and dedicated to chasing the call of the wild (and wild cattle). They are famously strong, notoriously unruly, and famous in legends and folklore. Gaúchos has been in existence for thousands of years now and is one of the most romanticized cultures in the world.
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