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Bizarre and Weirdest Tribes in the World and Their Peculiar Culture

A list of some of the most peculiar and unusual tribes in the world.

Some tribes from around the world are simply amazing and extremely unique. Despite the modernity of the large portion of the world, there are still some groups of people who embrace and practice their centuries old culture. Let’s find some of the most peculiar and unusual tribes in the world.

1.) WaYao

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Just simply taking a look at the kind of clothing these people wear, one can easily conclude that these people are indeed unusual. The Yao people or waYao are a major ethnic and linguistic group based at the southern end of Lake Malawi in Africa. These people played an important part in the history of East Africa during the 19th century. The waYao are a predominantly Muslim people group of about 2 million spread over Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

2.) Surma People

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Surma women have the weirdest mouths in the world. Surma is the collective name for the Suri, the Mursi and the Me'en with a total population of more than 186,000. Suri or Shuri is the name of a sedentary pastoral people while Mursi or Murzu is the name of a closely related sedentary pastoral people whose language is over 80% cognate with Suri.


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Me'en is the name of a closely related sedentary pastoral people whose language is over 80% cognate with Mursi.

3.) Hamer people

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Hamer are tribal people in southwestern Ethiopia. These people are largely pastoralists, so their culture places a high value on cattle. Cow jumping is a rite of passage for men coming of age that must be done before a man is permitted to marry. The man-to-be must "jump the cattle" four times to be successful and only castrated male cattle and cows may be used to jump over. This test is performed while naked as a symbol of the childhood he is about to leave behind him. Upon completion of the test, the young man joins the ranks of the maza – a group of men who recently passed the test. They will spend together the next few months of their lives in supervising the events in villages throughout the Hamer territory. It is also spelled Hamar.

4.) Twa

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The Twa are a pygmy people who were the oldest recorded inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. In 2000, they numbered approximately 80,000 people, making them a significant minority group in these countries. They are also called Abatwa and also known in English as Batwa.

5.) Chagga

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The Chagga are Bantu-speaking indigenous Africans and the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania. They live on the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimianjaro and Mount Meru. They are also called Wachaga, Chaga, Jagga, Dschagga, Waschagga, or Wachagga.

6.) Bushmen

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Have you seen the film “The Gods Must Be Crazy”? You’ll learn more about the Bushmen if you’’ see the film. The indigenous people of southern Africa are variously referred to as Bushmen, San, Sho, Barwa, Kung, or Khwe. These people were traditionally hunter-gatherer. They switched to farming as mandated by the government for modernization programs.

7.) Hadza People

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The Hadza People are an ethnic group in north-central Tanzania that lives around Lake Eyasi in the central Rift Valley and in the neighboring Serengeti Plateau. There are only about 1,000 Hadza with up to 400 living as hunter-gatherers like their ancestors do tens of thousands of years. These people are the last full-time hunter-gatherers in Africa. The Hadza language appears to be an isolate and unrelated to any other. They are also called Hadzabe'e.

8.) Moro Nuba

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Moro Nuba is an ethnic group in Sudan. They speak Moro language. Many members of this ethnicity are Christians. The population of this ethnicity possibly does not exceed 100,000. Women are topless.

9.) Nama

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Nama are an African ethnic group of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. They live on traditional dwellings and have a complicated wedding ritual. The wedding itself takes place in a church and festivities go on for several days. The newlywed couples spend the first night separately and set off to their new home on the next morning.

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Comments (3)

Interesting presentation.

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Well-written but the photos added the finishing touch to this article. Weird is an understatement.