Watch any (4) videos listed below from the National Geographic website. For each video, write a 1-paragraph response that answers the following questions: Describe the coming of age tradition and identify the culture it occurs within. Explain the purpose of the initiation or ritual for that given culture. Describe your reaction to this coming of age experience and whether or not you believe it is a sign of manhood. Leave your response in the comments section of this post.
Initiation with Ants
In this remote Amazonian village, becoming an adult means sticking your hand into a swarm of angry, stinging giant ants.
Wearing a Glove of Venomous Ants
Pat takes on an Amazonian bullet ant ritual and is thrown into 24 hours of mind-numbing pain.
Fulani Initiation Rites
Benin boys move toward manhood by enduring the sting of a whip.
Brothers versus Bulls
Young men’s rite of passage requires wrangling bulls selected for their aggressive nature.
In Mali, a young Dogon male may believe that without a unique ceremony, he will remain suspended between boyhood and manhood.
Male Circumcision in South Africa
The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is home to the Xhosa people, one of the nation’s largest tribes. They live in the modern world, but they maintain ancient customs—including one by which boys become men…and starts with pain.
Apache Girl’s Rite of Passage
In New Mexico, the Mescalero Apache reservation prepares for a coming-of-age ritual. Over the span of four days, young Apache girls will pass through ancient tests of strength, endurance, and character that will make them women.
A ritual of passage for a South Korean girl requires dancing barefoot on top of sharp knives.