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Os homens crocodilo de  Papua Nova Guiné!


Rites of passage exist in any culture in the most diverse forms. There are the cute rites, like the girls Quinceañera, or the Jewish boys’ Bar Mitzvah when they turn 13. I am Nissin Ourfali oh oh,
And this is my Bar Mitzvah! I can’t watch this video without a wide smile! Other rituals, considered primitive by outsiders, are much more painful, traumatic, and can be deadly. This is the case with a ritual that takes place in Papua New Guinea. In the eastern half of the second-largest island in the world, 11-year-old boys to men over 30 risk their lives to participate in an ancient ritual that pays homage to the most revered animal at the island: the crocodile. The painful process leaves them with reptile-like skin. No member of the tribe has complete status as a man until the ritual is completed. The regional belief system reveres spirits that manifest themselves as animals. According to the legend of the creation of the Chambri tribe, human beings evolved from crocodiles that emerged from the Sepik River – which flows beside the lake that bears the same name as the Chambri tribe. According to one of the stories told in the tribe, a girl was taken to the river by the crocodile and then gave birth to a hybrid people, part crocodile, part man. Other legends speak of men who live with crocodiles to learn the secrets of their power. The Chambri tribe consists of hunters and fishermen and is spread across four Indingai, Kilimbit, Wombum and Parambei villages. Anthropologist Margaret Meade, who studied the tribe during the 1930s, made some records of how egalitarian the tribe was in the distribution of activities between men and women and the series of dominant roles they assumed. But only male members of the tribe go through this painful transition from boy to man. They believe that after the ritual, they will be prepared for any painful episode in life because nothing hurts more than this procedure. To honour the creatures from which they believed to have evolved. the boys of the tribe are taken to Haus Tambaran or house of the spirits, and kept there for six weeks before the initiation process. These houses are richly decorated with murals and sculptures of all types of animals such as pigs, snakes and eagles. However, the crocodile is the most revered. The must-have scars derive from deep 2cm incisions in the arms, back, and torso of the initiates. They are made by tribal leaders and years ago, the cut was made with sharp bamboo. I’m not showing this procedure here. No photographs, nor videos. For those who want to see it I’m linking the National Geographic video below. But if you have a weak stomach or a weak heart I beg you not to watch! The procedure takes about an hour or two, and I imagine it must seem like forever. This painful process occasionally end in death! And aims to demonstrate discipline, focus and dedication. The only way for boys to soothe pain is to chew a plant with healing qualities. After the procedure, the boys are taken back to the spirit house and stretch out in front of a fire so that the smoke can blow through the deep cuts and help control infections, while clay and tree oil are inserted into the lesions to maintain their high scale form. They also bathe in the river to wash the wounds and so that the cold water also helps in the process to take the desired shape. When this is over, a celebration takes place where the boys wear caps and jewellery to celebrate with the tribe a well-succeeded ritual. If you like this video, thumbs up, if you don’t The crocodile will get you!

Jean Kelley

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