Coming of Age Ritual
The Satere-Mawe Tribe, an indigenous tribe from the Amazon rain forest (Brazil), has a very unique coming of age ritual. To become a man, a boy has to place his hands inside a gloves filled with a swarm of bullet ants. A sting from a bullet ant is ranked number one on the SSPI (Schmidt Sting Pain Index) which categorizes the pain from different hymenopteran stings. The pain has been equated to being shot or being set on fire.
The ants are caught in the jungle and placed, stinger first, in special woven gloves. As the drugs wear off, the ants become enraged and eager to sting. The boy must now place his hands in the gloves for 5-10 minutes and endure hundreds of stings. If he cries, he has to do the ritual over. The day the boy doesn’t shed a single tear, is when he is considered a “real man.”
VIDEO if anyone is interested.
this makes me feel like an infant
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.