Unique Rites of Passage from Around the World

Unique Rites of Passage from Around the World

For the modern American boy, one of the few rites of passage in life is the first shave. He gathers his shaving supplies, applies the lather, and grooms away what little peach fuzz he had upon his chin. Save for the occasional nicks and cuts, it’s a pretty tame process that becomes just another part of everyday ritual. Shaving your newly grown scruff is nothing compared to other rites of passage in the world. Let’s take a look at some unique transitions into manhood in other parts of the globe.

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1. Lion hunting with the Maasai

For us, the most nerve-wracking, stress-inducing part of “becoming a man” is asking a girl out on a date. Sure, the potential rejection hurts, but you head back home, swallow a few pizzas and several cartons of ice cream, and you get right back on that horse.

For the young men of the Maasai tribe, rejection is the least of their worries when they have to go toe-to-claw with a full-grown male lion. The modern...
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