I thought I had it bad getting hazed as a cadet. Listverse
The Etoro, or Edolo, are a tribe and ethnic group of Papua New Guinea. Their territory comprises the southern slopes of Mt. Sisa, along the southern
edge of the central mountain range of New Guinea, near the Papuan Plateau. They are well known among anthropologists because of ritual homosexual acts
practised between young boys and men of the tribe. The Etoro believe that young boys must ingest the semen of their elders to achieve adult male
status and to properly mature and grow strong.
The Etoro believe themselves to contain a certain amount of life force, the highest concentrations of which is supposedly contained in semen. This
life force passes to others through sexual relations. Women are seen to waste the life force if they do not get pregnant after sexual intercourse. As
people get older and their bodies weaken this is attributed to a depletion of their life force.
Homosexual acts, particularly oral sex, is encouraged throughout youth for males, with different sexual roles fulfilled by
adolescents of different ages. Heterosexuality is permitted only during a distinct time period of the year (about 100 days) and only in certain places
(neither in sleeping quarters nor in the fields, but only in the woods).
A woman who enjoys sex too much is seen as a witch trying to steal the life force from a man. Similarly, boys who grow too quickly
are assumed to be sapping the life force from other boys. Seen as too sex-hungry, he might be shunned as a witch.
Kottak reports that whilst homosexual behaviour is encouraged between older men and younger boys it is discouraged in other pairings.
A vision quest is a rite of passage in some Native American cultures.
In many Native American groups, the vision quest is a turning point in life taken before puberty to find oneself and the intended spiritual and life
direction. When an older child is ready, he or she will go on a personal, spiritual quest alone in the wilderness, often in conjunction with a period
of fasting. This usually lasts for a number of days while the child is attuned to the spirit world. Usually, a Guardian animal will come in a vision
or dream, and the child's life direction will appear at some point. The child returns to the tribe, and once the child has grown, will pursue that
direction in life. After a vision quest, the child may become an apprentice of an adult in the tribe of the shown direction (Medicine Man, boatmaker
and so on).
The vision quest is the learning and initiation process of the apprentice under the guidance of an elders.
The vision quest may be said to make the initiated establish contact with a spirit or force. Psychologically, it may have effected
hallucinations. See a complex emic and etic approach to shamanism among Eskimo peoples in.
The technique may be similar to sensory deprivation methods. It may include long walking on uninhabited, mountainous areas (tundra, inland, mountain);
fasting; sleep deprivation; or being closed in a small room (e.g. igloo).
Makes a Bat Mitzvah seem a little tame. lol