Becoming a Man

I still remember as a kid impatiently waiting for that first sign that i’d be able to use a razor on my chin and be a man like my dad. In the Amazon rain forests of Brazil, the Satere-Mawe tribe determine ones attainment of manhood quite differently. A glove is filled with Paraponera or Bullet ants. They are so named due to the pain of its bite being compared to that of getting shot. This glove is then worn for 11 hours by boys who are to become men.

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Size ‘0’ is a NO NO

Though some societies attribute skinny with beauty, there are those cultures which find the opposite to their liking. In the country Nigeria, the Efiki people have what they term the Fattening Room. Here a woman, as the name suggest, is assisted in gaining weight before marriage.

On the other end of the spectrum is Japan who issue fines if your waist line exceeds a certain amount of inches as can be seen in this New York Times article.