Coming-of-Age Rituals around the World

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Luis G.Venegas
Coming Of Age

Every culture has their own coming to age rituals some go to farther extremities than others. These rituals are performed to show the maturity of a young man or changing from a child to a man. Most of the time ceremonies are symbolic and are not meant to be a literal statement but in some cultures they’d take it into a literal term. In whatever way they take it coming to age of maturity is important in any culture especially in native countries. For example the Sepia River Tribe in Papua New Guinea where they perform terrifying and almost sadistic rituals to test their psychical and mental resistance to pain. They make deep razor incisions in the flesh to permanently scar the flesh wounds to form “Crocodile Scars”. Shocking for most but in this New Guinea tribe it’s very normal. This is how this tribe demonstrates their conversion into man hood. Some see it as barbaric or torture but to these people it’s a process that must be established.

Another example is the people in the highlands of Papua New Guinea; the Matausa tribesmen believe that in order for timid boys to become brave men and attract women, they have to expel the contaminating female blood that they got from their mothers during childbirth. In order to do that, they undergo brutal bloodletting rituals that involve shoving canes down their throats, sharp reeds up their nostrils and plunging sharp arrows repeatedly into their tongues.

“The Coming of Age Experience” is a large melting pot of emotions. Every individual carries “a pot” in which there are many different and even new emotions involved that come to life when each person reaches a tender age where various changes occur. These ingredients can be physical, spiritual, as well as cognitive, affecting some more than others, yet everyone undergoes certain transformations at some point in their lives. This age is a time where the question of identity often arises among adolescence, and sometimes people are...
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