25 Insane Coming Of Age Ceremonies And Traditions

From jumping over cows to sacrificing enemies these are 25 insane coming of age ceremonies and traditions.

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Mandan Okipa Ceremony

coming of age ceremonies and traditions

Young Mandan boys had to fast for four days without sleeping. They were then hung from the ceiling by hooks that pierced their skin. During the entire process they had to smile until they passed out. When they woke up their pinky fingers were chopped off and only then did they become men.


Female Infibulation

coming of age ceremonies and traditions

Practiced in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East the labia and clitoris are typically removed. A small hole is then poked through the scarring to allow for menstruation and urine.


Mardudjara Circumcision

coming of age ceremonies and traditions

Boys in this Aborigine tribe are led of into the woods where the elders circumcise them. They then must swallow their foreskin and once they heal they are lead back out into the woods. More genital mutilation follows after which they must stand bleeding over an open fire. Only then do they become men.


Matausa Cleansing

coming of age ceremonies and traditions

In Papau New Guinea some tribes have their young boys stick two canes down their throats until they vomit. Reeds will then be forced up their nostrils and their tongues are stabbed. All of this is done for the purpose of purification.


Bullet Ant Glove

coming of age ceremonies and traditions

Young boys in the Amazonian Satere-Mawe tribe must wear gloves made of bullet ants while dancing around for 10 minutes without flinching. The stings are extremely painful and cause paralysis for up to 24 hours.

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