Unbelievable Initiation Rituals
Last night I watched this interesting video of Apachi female rights of passage. It is very interesting and sweet. But......
It got me thinking about western youth in general and of course my own son. Non tribal cultures lack meaningful rituals providing rights of passage. I certainly was not provided any form of right of passage, quite the opposite. My adoptive mother was unfortunately more than annoyed with me on the day of my first moon cycle and no mark, except a negative one, was placed upon my transition. (She was going through her own stuff.)
I thought to myself that maybe I've neglected to provide my own son with some sort of right? I'm still contemplating that...in the meantime....I thought I'd research some traditional ways boys are symbolically transitioned from boyhood to manhood through ritual ceremony in tribal cultures.
Oh boy, did I find out some stuff that made my stomach turn and my head spin.
I cannot fathom the strangeness of the human being and the choices he/she makes and superstitions therein.
Male Rites of Passages from Around the World - WOW
The one where they have to put their hand in the glove of bullet ants and not express any emotion seems like child's play after what I learned the Sambia men of Papa New Guinea do to their young male youth.
In my opinion the Sambia men should literally be arrested for crimes against humanity.
I don't care what their cultural traditions are, some things are just systemized abuse.
(May I remind that the origin of the word 'tradition' is traitor.)
The more I learn of systematic ritualism the more I don't like it. It becomes unavoidably corrupted.
Maybe if a person needs a ritual ceremony to mark a life transition it should be done by the individual themselves or a close friend. Privately. Not by a cult group of superstitious perverts.