The most painful religious rituals in the world

Religions around the world include rituals that require physical pain. Self flagellation. Bodily mortification. Walk on fire. These are just some of the most painful religious rituals in the world. But why do humans engage in these extreme and painful rituals? Most people want to avoid the trauma of physical pain. But for participants in extreme religious rituals and for onlookers, pain is integral to the appeal of these rituals. Whether it’s dragging altars clinging to their own skin, piercing their tongue, or whipping their backs, the extreme bodily mortification of these painful religious rituals is what makes extreme rituals look so enduring and enduring. intriguing of religious practice. We can find painful religious rituals in almost any corner of the globe. Why do such rituals emerge and what are the benefits of participating in them?

It turns out that these religious rituals often have a strong social component. Painful religious rituals around the world are not just about the individual who adopts the ritual. They can also relate to the reactions and emotions of the crowds who have gathered to watch the religious ritual in action. In many cases, these crowds have their own role to play in the ritual. Sociologists and anthropologists have discovered the ways in which these rituals can inspire empathy, compassion, and a sense of community camaraderie. The role of friends and families is crucial for the social bond that these rituals inspire.

Watch this video to learn about some of the most painful religious rituals in the world. We consider the work of anthropologist Dimitris Xygalatas and theories like anthropologist Emile Durkheim’s collective effervescence theory, to explore the world’s most painful religious rituals and the role they play in their own societies.

Religion For Breakfast launched as a video series in 2014, and now has over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and over 7 million views. It is commonly used as an educational tool in the classroom. Written and produced by religion scholar Andrew Henry, Religion For Breakfast covers a wide range of introductory videos on religion and religious practices around the world, from the rise of Christianity to the role of Japanese religion in the development of Pokemon, to the world of myths. and apocryphal literature.

Ruth R. Culp