25 Crazy Rites Of Passage

Whether you celebrate your coming of age with a birthday party or by permanently disfiguring your body, most cultures recognize the importance of a rite of passage. However, not all rites are created equal.

Some can be downright deadly. The crazy rites of passages in this list commemorate a young adults’ entry into adulthood. They also highlight the agonizing things people are willing to endure to earn the respect of their peers. Check out these 25 Crazy Rites Of Passage from around the world!

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Aborigine Walkabout


Many aboriginal tribes of Australia send their young men into the wilderness for up to 6 months to test whether they are ready to become men. The boys must survive, unassisted, and keep themselves totally isolated. When they return after 6 months, they will be considered men of the tribe.


Mentawai Teeth Sharpening

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To the natives of the Mentawai Islands, beauty is extremely important. If a person’s soul becomes dissatisfied with the appearance of its body, they believe the person will die. To beautify themselves, young female Mentawaians who have reached puberty sharpen their teeth with a rock and chisel, and file them down to points.


Matis Hunting Trials

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When boys of the Matis tribe in Brazil to go on the hunt, a bitter poison is dumped in their eyes to “improve” their vision. After this, they are beaten and whipped. Finally, they must endure the excruciating conclusion to the trial. They inject themselves with the poison of the Giant Leaf Frog using wooden needles.


Fulani Facial Tattoos

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Women of the Fula people in West Africa must have their faces tattooed before they are considered adults. The process takes several hours and is usually done with a sharpened piece of wood. Similar to a Fula boy’s whipping match, if the girl cries or grimaces, she is believed to be too young, and must wait to finish her tattoos and marry.


Xhosa Circumcision


A boy of the Xhosa people of South Africa must be circumcised before being considered a man. He is shaved and taken into the mountains where he will live in seclusion in a hut built for him by his family. While in isolation, a surgeon comes and circumcises the boy, after which he is not allowed to return to the tribe until he is healed.

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