Sati Funeral Traditions in India
Until 1869, some parts of India still practiced the Sati funeral custom, which was considered an honor ceremony in which a widow would have to burn herself on the pyre with her deceased husband. . The act is said to have been inspired by the legend of the goddess Sati, who set herself on fire because she could not stand her father’s humiliation towards her and her husband.
However, after becoming a British colony, this custom was abolished by the Europeans, but in some remote areas of India, this practice is still practiced.
Battle of… wood?
The Toltecs were an indigenous South American civilization that gained power in the seventh century and dominated Mesoamerica for 300 years.
Their rise to power was the result of a successful military campaign, which used a powerful army to annex neighboring populations. Thus, during their reign, militarism became a major component of society.
However, they have a surprising fighting technique. The tribes will fight each other with wooden swords to save their enemies from death.
Taxation of beards
There was a time in Europe and America, growing or growing beards became something that the whole society did not like. This is so common that two different countries even sanction and tax those who intentionally grow a beard. The first, in 1535, was England when King Henry VIII enacted a special beard tax and would impose penalties depending on the social position of the bearded person.
This was continued by his daughter, Elizabeth, who taxed anyone whose beard had grown for more than two weeks. The second beard tax was introduced by Tsar Peter the Great in 1705 in Russia, who tried to modernize Russian men based on European practices. He believes that the popularity of the Russian-style beard is a manifestation of the country’s stagnant, conservative nature. Russians are even required that people who intentionally grow beards bring tokens as proof that they have paid taxes.
The President Grows Cannabis
The first President of the United States, George Washington, was originally a cannabis farmer and he later became very supportive of the use of marijuana during his presidency. He owns a hemp farm in Virginia, where he trades seeds and crops with other farmers.
Around this time, however, cannabis was commonly cultivated for its industrial value as hemp in ropes and fabrics, and for its value as a soil stabilizer. It wasn’t until many years later that recreational, medicinal, and illegal use of cannabis became widespread.
Hats are also taxed
The hat tax was first introduced in 1784 to try and make more money from men depending on their wealth and status.
When the government feels that the upper classes can afford to buy hats that are much more expensive than the poor, the law is required to pay 2 shillings ($0.02) in caps tax. Failure to pay the cap tax is a punishable offense and carries the death penalty.