The Matausas tribe in Papua New Guinea practices a cleansing rite of passage meant to rid boys’ bodies of the female influences left by their mother. Regardless of pain, boys go through the initiation to become warriors and cleanse themselves of any remaining female influences left in them from their mothers. First, they slide two thin wooden canes down their throats to induce vomiting several times and empty their stomachs. Afterwards, a collection of reeds are inserted into the initiate’s nose to further expel bad influences. Finally, they endure repeated stabbings to the tongue. This brutal ritual is said to purify them, turning them into true men.
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