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8 Horrifying Tribal Rituals From Around The World


8. “The Ant Gloves”: The Satere Mawe Indians
live deep in the Amazon jungles of Brazil, where they still practice brutal ancient customs
to this day. Several times a year, boys as young as twelve have to go through an extremely
painful initiation if they ever want to become respected as adults. These village kids have
to wear painful gloves on both of their hands that have been filled with Bullet Ants. The
Bullet Ant stings like a wasp. It hurts so bad that it feels like you are getting shot,
hence the name. Scientists have even measured its sting to be thirty times worse than that
of an American bee. The gloves themselves are made of tightly
woven leaves with small holes on the inside. These holes are to keep the ants fixed in
place with their stingers pointed towards the skin. Once the gloves go on, there’s
no escaping the hundreds of venomous stings from within. To get the ants into the holes
without hurting them, they are first submerged into a mixture of liquid herbs that knocks
them out, then they are pushed one-by-one into tiny holes that hold them in place so
that they can’t move, only sting over and over again. The Satere Mawe children must wear the ant
gloves and endure the stinging pain for at least ten minutes as they dance in a circle
with medicine men and other tribe members encouraging them to continue and not pass
out. It can take up to eleven hours before all of the village children have been tested.
By the end of the ceremony, their hands are black, swollen, and paralyzed. It not uncommon
for them to hallucinate or faint afterwards and feel numb for days. One boy said he felt
so hot by the end of the ritual that “water would become smoke” if it touched his skin. Unfortunately, wearing the gloves just once
is not enough. Boys are expected to perform this ritual no less than 20 times within a
single year before they are considered tough enough to be a man. That’s a lot of ant
bites. 7. “Land Diving”: When the yams become
ripe on the Pentecost Island, it means that it’s time for the “Nagaul” ritual. Nagual
translates into “land diving”. It is the Ngol tribe’s way of becoming a man, and
it is about as dangerous as it sounds – way more dangerous than the ant gloves of the
Satere Mawe. For this ritual, boys as young as 8-years-old must jump off of a gigantic
tower. The only thing keeping them from splattering below are two jungle vines wrapped around
their ankles. The object of this ritual is to demonstrate
their courage to the tribe. When a child’s turn to jump comes, they are supposed to perform
a speech that summarizes who they are and how they view the world. Basically, their
last words. This is a very dramatic moment and all of their family is watching. When
the time comes to jump, they must pray that the jungle vines they picked out with their
family are moist enough to support their body weight without snapping. If they succeed,
they dance with the rest of the tribe in the winner’s circle as the ceremony continues.
If the vine is too dry, it snaps – along with their neck. Like the ant gloves, jumping from the tower
just one time is simply not enough to prove you are a man. You have to repeat the ritual
every year. On top of that, it gets more dangerous every year. The tower has a series of platforms
that go up to 70 feet. You start at 20 feet with your first jump and jump from 5 five
feet higher every year. Deaths and severe injuries are quite common. 6. “Ritualized Child Abuse”: Children
of ancient societies were often taught harsh lessons so that they were better able to survive
in a brutal and unforgiving world. The Spartans were taken from their mothers as children
and used to serve food. They themselves were never given food, but they were beaten if
they were ever caught eating. This was to teach young Spartan children at an early age
to become tough and sneaky, two skills that would prepare them for the real world. Like
the Spartans, the Sambia tribe of Papua, New Guinea also prepares their children for adulthood,
but their methods are even more shocking and grotesque. The Sambia tribe regards women as impure and
contagious, which is why all boys are taken away from their mothers at the age of 7 to
live with the village males. Over the next 10 years, they are subjected to a brutal series
of rituals designed to rid them of any feminine impurities. First, they have a sharpened stick
jabbed up their nostrils until a large amount of blood comes out to teach them to be strong
and endure pain. The stick is not shoved through the nostril like a piercing, but rather straight
up. If the boy tries to escape during this semi-lobotomy, they will be severely beaten
and treated as a lesser being for their whole life. 5. “Justifiable Cannibalism”: New Guinea
once again makes the list with the Kombai , a jungle tribe with a wide variety of cultural
traditions ranging from bizarre (using maggots to clean your ears) to dangerous ones. One
ritual in particular, however, tops them all. According to Kombai values, you are legally
allowed to commit murder if the circumstances are right. Not only that, but you are encouraged
to eat the remains of your victim afterwards to claim their soul. Keep in mind that murder is still fundamentally
wrong in their society, so you are not allowed to do this to just anyone. However, the Kombai
believe in magical witches known as Kahkhua-Kumu, who eat the very souls of their victims. Since
they eat the souls of their victims, the Kombai believe it is only fair to eat their soul
in return. The only problem is these witches take the shape of ordinary men, so they are
sometimes hard to detect. One other thing: in Kombai culture, the soul
resides in the brain and in the stomach, so once a witch is discovered, these organs must
always be eaten first. One tribesman explains how his father brutally
murdered somebody suspected of being a Kahkhua-Kumu. First, his father tied the hands of the suspected
witch. Next, he threw the witch in a river and shot him them of arrows, making sure not
to kill them immediately. Instead, he drank river water with the blood as the man slowly
died, and then decapitated him. The father then ate what he could. This story is recited
by his son with pride, not shame. In their culture, the man’s father was defeating
a great evil, not committing murder. 4. “Temple Sacrifices”: When it comes
to violent and disturbing rituals, the Mayans are one of history’s most infamous cultures.
This tribe was especially fearsome because their religious beliefs centered around pleasing
the gods through numerous human and animal sacrifices. The Mayans feared that if they
did not perform these sacrifices, then the gods would punish them and the world would
plunge into chaos. To them, slaughtering others was a way to prevent the end of the world. Victims were painted blue, a color which represented
sacrifice. Then they were marched up a large temple that was covered with animal and human
remains, every step slickened with blood. At the top of the temple, a priest would be
waiting for them with a knife carved from stone. One-by-one, the victims would be held
down on a stone slab that was designed to push their chest upwards for easy access.
The priest would make a deep incision under the left breast and rip into the wound with
his bare hands. The pain must have been unbearable as the priest’s hands searched inside the
chest body and grabbed the heart, which was pulled out while the victim is still alive
and screaming. Afterwards, the body was usually thrown down the steps where it would be skinned
by the priest’s assistants. The priest would wear the skin and perform a ritual dance that
symbolized reincarnation. If the sacrifice was a brave warrior or someone else of importance,
then the body would be cannibalized so that groups of people can obtain its power. The
hands and feet were worn by the priest as a trophy. Other variations included shooting the sacrificial
victim with arrows, throwing them down bottomless pits, and burying them alive. 3. “The Flaming Amazon”: The Aztecs were
another tribe heavily into gory sacrifices. Rabbits, dogs, insects, flowers, and even
inanimate resources such as rubber and paper were all destroyed to keep various gods from
becoming too upset. According to the Aztec legend, the gods sacrificed themselves so
that mankind could prevail, and now they expected sacrifices in return – lots of sacrifices.
In fact, the Aztecs believed that every 52 years the world would end unless enough human
sacrifices were made, so there was no time to waste. Like the Mayans, the Aztecs liked to remove
the hearts from their victims. Priests used a knife to cut out the heart instead of using
their bare hands, which made it slightly less barbaric, but still incredibly painful. One
god in particular, however, demanded extra suffering from his victims. In order to appease
their god of fire, the Aztecs would set a group of victims ablaze and wait patiently
as they slowly screamed and cooked. Before they died, the victims were removed from the
fire at the last second and carried up to the temple. At the top of the temple, their
hearts were cut out. It was important for the victims to be alive the entire time or
else the sacrifice would not work. If the Aztecs did not do this, they were certain
that their civilization would be burned down by the vengeful fire god. 2. “Mayan Ballgames”: If the Mayans really
didn’t like you, they would literally make a game out of your death. The Mayans played
a brutal recreational sport to pass the time that was like a mix between basketball and
soccer. You were allowed to use your feet, hips, elbows, and any other part of your body
besides your hands to knock the ball around a field. Points were scored by knocking the
ball through a stone hoop that resembled a basketball net turned sideways. If you figured
that the victims were forced to play against the Mayans to the death, that’s a good guess,
but you are absolutely wrong. The Mayans would never share their sport with a team of lowly
sacrifice victims. That would be a disgrace to their culture and a giant waste of time.
They would, however, use them as sports equipment to kick to death on the field. Like all sacrifices,
the victims were first painted blue. Then their arms, legs and neck were very tightly
tied together. They were now a living, breathing human ball. 1. “Child Sacrifices”: The Aztecs take
number one for their grisly child murder rituals. The Aztec god of water and rain was a very
temperamental deity who constantly threatened to dry up crops and spread disease. Since
this god controlled their water supply, this was a very important god, and the Aztecs wanted
to please him the most. They reasoned the easiest way to do this would be to offer high
value sacrifices – in this case, children. More specifically, their tears. The children were sacrificed in a wide variety
of ways – usually by removing the heart – but first they were made to cry. Their
tears were the purest form of water that the Aztecs had to offer, and children were often
forced to cry their tears over a fire before being murdered. These events were so popular that the Aztecs
split them into two morbid festivals. From February 12th to March 3rd, countless children
were marched to sacred mountaintops to have their hearts pulled out. If any of them cried
on the way, their tears were seen as a good omen for strong rains. From March 24th to April 12th, hordes of children
were marched into dark caves to be sacrificed. Priests would wear the skin of sacrifice victims
for 20 days leading up to the holiday. After the children were sacrificed, the priests
would shed their skin wardrobes and leave them to rot in the caves.

Jean Kelley

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100 COMMENTS

  1. DBZ 9002 Posted on October 3, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Before: I wish I didn't live in America… after while on plane: what have I done

    Reply
  2. Charlie Mills Posted on October 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    IQ 60 people doing IQ 60 stuff.

    Reply
  3. EmmaJ.K.88 Posted on November 3, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I feel so terrible for those poor boys! And it's also disgusting how these people don't see women as actual human beings too.

    Reply
  4. Misty Parrales Posted on November 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Your honestly my favourite YouTuber when it comes to this! <3

    Reply
  5. equarg Posted on December 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Apparently the natives are careful when gathering the ants…..the ants are then sedated and inserted into the gloves.
    After the ceremony the ants let unharmed…..
    PETA might actually approve of this ceremony!

    Reply
  6. Jade X Posted on December 8, 2016 at 5:25 am

    ON EVERY VIDEO 90% of the comments is about your stupid accent…. this video is better though! I love it chills, keep up the good work

    Reply
  7. FATbird Posted on December 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

    the bullet ant is the most painful sting in the world ๐Ÿ˜จ

    Reply
  8. Folfie Lukather Posted on December 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    sacrafices were very rare in mayan culture

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  9. SphereSquared Posted on December 17, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    your way of prolonging every vowel is rather tiring than chilling

    Reply
  10. Hannah Crane Posted on January 1, 2017 at 3:58 am

    WHY WOULD U KILL A CHILD? WHAT THE BLOODY HELL DID KIDS DO TO U AZTECS?!?! HUH?!??

    Reply
  11. sahana ambathi Posted on January 14, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I'm glad I'm a girl

    Reply
  12. normie disguised as a meme account Posted on January 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I don't like religion, but I despise tribes.

    Reply
  13. Oscar Chan Posted on January 18, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I'm a descendant of Mayas lol

    Reply
  14. Vendetta Posted on January 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Oh god, I could feel the sharp stick jabbed up the nose. My nose hurts.
    And the Aztec were fucked up. Like what the hell?

    Reply
  15. myriah guyton Posted on January 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    your voice gives me the "chills" lol btw number 2 road to el dorado!

    Reply
  16. TheWhiteDevil AUS Posted on February 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I cant stand the monotone voice bit more excitement would be nice still watched

    Reply
  17. clorox gaming Posted on March 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    apocalypto anyone?

    Reply
  18. Proxy Posted on March 24, 2017 at 6:16 am

    no wonder the aztecs died out

    Reply
  19. Fleiieyhh Kim Posted on April 4, 2017 at 6:20 am

    We actually used the ant one as a play to present to our Culture Subject
    And we watched their reactions hdaskjdla
    I feel bad for them

    Reply
  20. Shawn Williams Posted on April 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Boy, hopefully we here in the U.S. will visit all these people (the ones who still exist, anyway) who practice things we personally disagree with and force them to stop and adopt our own way of thinking, right?

    Reply
  21. Pig Productions Presents Posted on April 20, 2017 at 12:07 am

    do I hear bigbstz murder mystery music?

    Reply
  22. LaGorila Films Posted on June 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Where do you get your information from?

    Reply
  23. LuckyLegionN7 Posted on June 23, 2017 at 11:15 am

    That bungee tower thing made me think of karl pilkington lmao

    Reply
  24. -Zero Two - Posted on July 6, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    im Mayan…..

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  25. Daniella! Posted on July 8, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I had the displeasure of watching a video set in Mexico of a group of men throw spears at a bull, hurting the poor thing. It wasn't for some fucked up tradition or anything, it was for their entertainment. FOR THEIR ENTERTAINMENT.

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  26. Dawn Syo Posted on July 9, 2017 at 12:06 am

    For number 4.
    It was mainly the Aztecs that did that
    It actually was an obsidian knife as that was the sharpest knife. Making it an easy cut.
    Also it wouldn't have hurt the sacrifices. Before they were sacrificed they would be basically drugged to the point where they wanted to be sacrificed. I doubt they would feel pain if they were drugged that much

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  27. Elliot Lees Posted on July 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    chills I can translate the vocal possessed Brazilian it's not Portuguese it's an ancient sandscript dialect

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  28. Xruxis Posted on July 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    ancient definitions of how to be man.. finding faster way to death

    Reply
  29. revinevan87 Posted on July 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    herbs = erbs

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  30. YukiNeko Senpai Posted on July 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    and this is why I live in America

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  31. Jesse Posted on July 31, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Omg man c'mon wtf is up with these people this gets me sooo upset and disturbed makes me wanna travel back in time and kill all these mother fuckers with heavy artillery

    Reply
  32. Oliver Garrett Posted on August 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Mayans and Aztecs yall need jesus

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  33. Money Was Made Money Was Lost Posted on September 7, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Karl Pilkington

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  34. Questy QuestKey Posted on September 7, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    what the…? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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  35. Death Star Posted on September 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    One common denominator, all these people are black. big surprise

    Reply
  36. Ruby the Monster child Posted on October 24, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I've been learning about the Mayans and Aztec in school

    Reply
  37. Rozetta Vyper Posted on November 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    All of these sacrifices and deaths probably contributed to the Mayan and Aztecs extinction other than European invasion of course.

    Reply
  38. chicago Bull Posted on December 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

    your getting mayan culture wrong buddy aztecs did all the crazy stuff

    Reply
  39. Nathan LaLonde Posted on January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Number 4 was the Aztecs not the Mayans

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  40. Yeezus Shuttlesworth Posted on January 29, 2018 at 8:29 am

    your voice is annoying af

    Reply
  41. Sasha Posted on February 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    This is what happens when the world his filled with dogma. They need to get with the times and live and let live.

    Reply
  42. Rat On Acid Posted on February 13, 2018 at 7:28 am

    #4 reminds me of the movie Apocalypto

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  43. MommaBear4 Posted on February 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    You always have great stuff but your voice is ear piercing

    Reply
  44. Cรธnnรธr J Posted on February 17, 2018 at 7:15 am

    These ppl are just retarded..

    Reply
  45. Eddie badass Davis Posted on March 25, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Can you do more horror stories

    Reply
  46. youtubelover 5 Posted on May 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I feel bad for the kids.

    Reply
  47. pakistan zindabad Posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    what about the bohemian grove?

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  48. kianna turner Posted on June 14, 2018 at 2:58 am

    I can't believe some of these sacrifices, the first one was the most scary

    Reply
  49. Jeffrey Murray Posted on June 20, 2018 at 5:25 am

    The thing is psychopaths came up with this shit so letโ€™s nuke all the ones still existing

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  50. Jessie Guerrero Posted on June 27, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Iโ€™m glad Iโ€™m born in 2003 .

    Reply
  51. Kellie Sladek Posted on June 29, 2018 at 9:45 am

    This is mest up im thankful for wear i am aus

    Reply
  52. Shelia Sanders Posted on July 2, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Oh WOOOWWWWWW!!!….

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  53. illumina TEA Posted on July 28, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    …..March 3rd is my mom's birthday…..

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  54. Lina J Posted on August 6, 2018 at 12:10 am

    So, its clear that some "men" are delusional.. Thinking certain rituals will display their "manhood" when in actuality their abusing others.

    Reply
  55. diviengi Posted on August 10, 2018 at 6:19 am

    What do the astecs have to do with the amozon? The mayans? Thought we were talking abt the astcs.

    Reply
  56. pokemon trainer shawna Posted on August 27, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    why chilrldren

    Reply
  57. Joey Sixx Posted on September 2, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Where's the American government????? DISLIKE!

    Reply
  58. Kailey Lynn Posted on September 2, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    This is why girls live longer than boys.

    Reply
  59. Logan Belleque Posted on September 7, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Bullet ant sting la are the worst pain a human can experience

    Reply
  60. Logan Belleque Posted on September 7, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Scientifically atleast

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  61. Carol Salvador Posted on September 16, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Well then hey son I'm gonna cut off your legs
    , you may be paralyzed but look at what a man you are
    ……………….jesus

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  62. Shay Fewell Posted on September 21, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I watched a show about the bullet ant and it is a known fact that the bullet ant is by far the most painful insect sting in the world

    Reply
  63. Informative Ratan Posted on October 21, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Now i want a sniper rifle to assasinate these fucking senseless and illogical tribes still alive in this world

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  64. Slothy387 Pooh Posted on October 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    the Satere Mawe Indians are fucking stupid dude

    Reply
  65. Slothy387 Pooh Posted on October 25, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    4:02 WOW I WOULD LOVEE TO PUNCH THAT GUYS FACE IN, legit looks so inviting

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  66. Brianna Houser Posted on October 30, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I pray for those men

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  67. Seventeenpitchforks Posted on November 5, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Number 7 was on 'an idiot abroad' and it's not exactly horrifying, it's like a bungee jump

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  68. RIXMEY Posted on November 11, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Hmm We could hear your normal voice here at a normal pace.

    Reply
  69. A in a Dupuis Posted on November 23, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Number 69 Burger King Sex Lettuce.

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  70. Elite Yeets andrew Mireles Posted on November 23, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Stings like a wasp what the hell it's like 80 times worse and have a life threatening venom

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  71. S.A.U.L Vlogs Posted on November 24, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    were lucky we dont live there hell nah i kept cringing(i may have spelled tht wrong…

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  72. bluu lotis Posted on December 2, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    number 4 made me pass out for a short while which i only knew when my mom told me. that one is just….sick bro justtt sick

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  73. PRINES MELECHI Posted on December 14, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    ๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ–’

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  74. Maria Cupo Posted on December 18, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Thank you universe for not making me a male member of any of the ritualistic tribes on this list.
    ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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  75. Maria Cupo Posted on December 18, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Wow. Us humans are a FUCKED UP species.

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  76. Maria Cupo Posted on December 18, 2018 at 8:16 am

    It seems to me, throughout history, people just want a reason/excuse/justification to be cruel motherfuckers to each other.

    Reply
  77. Lucas Sanchez Posted on December 21, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Dylan is Chillyn

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  78. Weight Overload Posted on December 26, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Lol the ant gloves if that's what it takes to be a mean go fuck yourself why should we listen to the way you think that makes us men?

    Reply
  79. singing4hope Posted on December 26, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    No. 8 is animal and child abuse.

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  80. godleftthechat Posted on December 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Number seven: deadman wonderland much?

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  81. Natalie Wittkopf Posted on January 21, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Omg the narrators voice is annoying

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  82. Renee Sapin-Beuch Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Talk about tough times ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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  83. Ziption Rose perfect Posted on March 17, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Number 4, apocalypto btw who is watching in 2019?….just decided to to watch all chills videos again coz he just uploaded some zombie deer thing that I find boring…

    Reply
  84. Erick Martinez Posted on March 21, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Man we need those Spartan trainings now a days, to many pansies taking over this world

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  85. 1k Subscribers without only one video? Posted on April 18, 2019 at 12:09 am

    2019?

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  86. Rico g Posted on April 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    These people are sick asf. I'm calling child services.

    Reply
  87. JugularRogue65 Posted on July 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Lucky that my Tribe didnโ€™t go as far as these

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  88. mar mar - agar Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    The ant ritual is said to ve a way to build an immunity to the bullet ants

    Reply
  89. I am a creature of the dark Posted on July 31, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Women in America bitching about man spreading ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ

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  90. Blaine Fiasco Posted on August 10, 2019 at 2:23 am

    These are barbaric!

    Reply
  91. DumPap2287 Posted on October 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

    if you have a kid and the kid says im so unlucky just show them this video and say oh really?

    Reply
  92. Daniel Fite Posted on October 16, 2019 at 12:15 am

    โ€œWeโ€™re all the same except skin colorโ€
    Stop lying to yourself

    Reply
  93. Jason Tindell Posted on October 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Jesus really does love each and every one of you very much!!!

    Reply
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