10 Weird And Disturbing Coming Of Age Rituals Around The World
Though Hunting alone is a job that needs precision and instincts that takes a good amount of your time. But for Matis tribe in Brazil, it isn't just enough. Their young Matis boys have bitter poison dumped into their eyes and find themselves subject to cruel beatings and whippings prior to the hunt. Even worse, the trial is only completed when the young boys inject themselves with the painful poison of the Giant Leaf Frog via wooden needles. It is only after they complete this, they are said to have attained manhood.
#9 Matausa Cleansing – Canes Down Your Throat, Then Removed Through Your Nose
To make the young men get rid of their impurity and to instill vitality, people of Matausa tribe stuck two wooden canes down the throats of the young tribesmen until they vomit. From there, the canes are brought back out through their nostrils and their tongues are stabbed until their blood has been deemed sufficiently purified.
#8 Iria Ceremony – The Young Woman Must Sing By The River For Days
The Iria ritual is performed in Okrika tribe of Nigeria to bring an end to the childhood relationship that a young girl strikes up with a water spirit so as to free the young woman for marriage.
#7 Bullet Ant Initiation
For the Satere-Mawe tribe of the Brazilian Amazon, the bullet ant’s sting represents a critical component of a tribal tradition in which young boys are forced to wear gloves comprised of these ants with their stingers facing inward. What's worse? They have to endure this excruciating pain for 10 minutes and dance.
#6 Sambian Purification
Boys born into the Sambia tribe of Papua New Guinea are taken from their mothers for a decade-long exercise during their foundation years before turning 17, wherein they are kept in male-only isolation. This period typically involves nose bleeding, forced vomiting and defecation as a means of purification. Even worse, the ritual involves semen ingestion, which critics deride as “ritualized homosexuality”.
#5 Vision Quest
For getting a better vision of their life, young men are sent into the wilderness. The fundamental intent of helping these young men find direction in their lives and develop into grown adults is a valid one, but there is still the small matter of Native elders sending their starving, weak youth into the wild on their own.
#4 Fula Whip Match
Fula boys had to perform this coming of age ritual wherein they have to whip their opponent and endure the pain of getting whip without showing a sign of it.
#3 Mandan Okipa Ceremony
This ritual of Mandan Okipa no longer exists. But in this ritual, the young men had to endure four days of sleepless fasting, then voluntarily be pierced by wooden sticks and hung from the ceiling, were expected to smile through the whole ordeal. And towards the end, their pinky finger would be cut off as an offering to the spirits.
#2 Land Divers
Young boys residing on the tiny island nation of Vanuatu would be well-served to get over any potential fears of heights in a hurry. These children dive into adulthood through a form of bungee jumping involving a vine with one end tied to a 98-foot tower and the other secured around their ankles. And it is not all that easy because it can result in broken bones, hyperextension or even death.
#1 Mentawai Teeth Sharpening
It is no secret that women go to great heights in order to fit into the cultural definition of being beautiful, but this ritual of Mentawai tribe is a bit different. To appease their beauty-conscious souls, Mentawai women who have reached puberty will sharpen their teeth with a rock and chisel and file them down. Because beauty means razor sharp fangs, apparently.
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