The most painful Intitiation Ritual
Does a young boy become a man when he proves he can withstand pain?
For the Satere-Mawe tribe of the Amazon, you can't become a man if you don't take part in this ritual.
The Satere-Mawe tribe has an initiation ritual that has got to be the most painful in the world.
When a young boy becomes sexually mature he goes out into the jungle with the Medicine man and other boys his age to find and gather bullet ants. The insect with the most painful sting in the world. The sting from these ants has been compared to a bullet hitting the flesh. These ants have also been called 24 hour ants because it takes a whole day for the pain to go away.
The boys will gather the ants and the ants are then drugged by some herbs given to them by the Medicine Man. Later, while the ants are sleeping in their drug induced state, they are placed into a woven mesh glove with the stinger on the inside. When the ants wake up they find themselves trapped and become very angry and aggressive.
The boys must put on the gloves and keep them on for about ten minutes while they do a dance to take their mind off the pain.
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