CEREMONIES AND TRADITIONS FOR COMING OF AGE
Added on: 13th Jun 2015
MATIS HUNTING TRIALS
When it comes time for boys from this Brazilian tribe to become men
They have bitter poison dumped in their eyes, they are whipped,
and then they must inject themselves with the potent poison
of the Giant Leaf Frog.
THE OGIEK ROAR
The young boys and girls of the Ogiek tribe in Africa go off into the
wilderness by themselves for several months. During this time they
are “haunted” by a creature that produces a roaring sound. They
become adults when the elders show them the instrument used to
produce the sound and they blow into it for themselves.
Similar to the Aborigine Walkabout many Native American tribes sent
their young boys into the wilderness for several months before they
could become men.
MASAI LION HUNT
Although today government regulations in Kenya prevent the practice,
in the past young men from the tribe had to kill a lion with only a
spear in order to become men.
NAGHOL (LAND DIVING)
Something like bungee jumping, it is done with vines instead of
elastic cords. When young boys in Vanuatu become men they must
attempt to come as close as they can to brushing their head on
FULANI FACIAL TATTOOS
Performed with a sharpened piece of wood, young girls in the west
African Fula tribe must not grimace while their face is tattooed
for several hours.
At the age of seven, boys in this tribe are taken from their mothers
and placed in all male huts for the next 10 years. Throughout this time
they are forced to vomit, defecate, and bleed from their noses in
order to rid them of impurities.
In ancient Greece young boys would engage in an officially sanctioned
relationship with an older man before becoming adults. Many historians
believe this was often the beginning of a young man’s military career.