Covering about one-fifth of Earth’s total land area, Africa is the second largest continent we have (after Asia). The continents hides an enormous wealth of mineral resources including metallic ores, precious metals, gems, and massive reserves of fossil fuels.
Archaeological evidence suggests that Africa has been inhabited by humans (including ancestors of modern humans) since 4,000,000 years ago, perhaps much earlier than that.
Now the continent is filled with several thousand different societies – although the exact number remains unknown. These societies or ethnic groups are identified by common language, culture, history, and religion.
Among the thousands of tribes, sometimes we see indigenous (perhaps primitive) cultural activities that look weird or even gross by modern standards.
What you see as strange or out of this world can be a norm in Africa. Remember that many parts of Africa are pretty much undeveloped, so in a visit to any of those areas you can expect to see bewildering practices or phenomenon as follows.
Don’t be fooled by the name; it is not a meal consisting of meat from animals you can easily capture in bushes.
Instead bushmeat is made from a combination of several different animals including lemurs and giant apes. African people have long hunted wild animals like bats, rats, snakes, and even monkeys for sustenance.
Of course meat from those animals contain valuable sources of protein especially for people who live in areas where farming domesticated animals is impractical.
Bushmeat can be dried, smoked, or cooked, depending on the demand. You can get infected with Ebola or HIV from eating bushmeat.
9 Lip Plates
In modern Western societies, the idea of a beautiful face is comprised of many things including full, soft, big lips. Many women choose to have plastic surgery or use a filler to achieve that look.
In many tribes across Africa, it is a common practice for girls to make piercing on the lips.
It is not just a typical piercing you often see in tattoo parlors, but a large one on the lower lip and then inserted with a large plate.
They start using a smaller plate but as the girl gets older the diameter of the plate can reach nearly 8 inches.
8 Dancing With Corpses
There is nothing strange about having difficulties letting dead relatives go. People also have different ways to mourn; some spend days not talking to anyone, cry for many hours, lock themselves in a room, indulge in alcohol, etc.
The Malagasy people of Madagascar have their own ways to mourn, too. Once in every five or seven years, families gather to exhume the bodies of dead relatives.
They then would dance and party with the corpses. Just like other parties, there is music, food, and happy faces. They consider this a symbol of respect of love to the dead.
7 Dung Beetles
The animal kingdom is filled with creatures of high intelligence.
Dung beetles, for examples, are able to take advantage of the wind, sun, moon, and Milky Way as navigational systems to guide their way home and in finding food.
So in this particular respect, human and dung beetles are quite alike, but that is where the similarity ends.
Although dung beetles are found worldwide, except in Antarctica, they make regular appearances in Africa.
Using their antennae, they target the droppings of Cape buffalo, roll the pile of feces, bury it, and devour it before other dung beetles steal it.