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May 23, 2011, 04:08 PM
Check this out. I probably would've majored in Anthro in other life so these facts really amaze me. Compare and contrast these badasses to our sissies who shed tears from booboos.

When Men Become Crocodiles: Extreme Tribal Scars Written by alex ingham (http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/users/alex-ingham)

Image via Wikepidia user John Hill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:John_Hill)
Tribes in the East Sepik province of Papa New Guinea (http://offers.environmentalgraffiti.com/city-break/in-guinea) to this day still practice an ancient initiation ceremony. A way of testing and introducing adolescents into manhood, the ceremony is a strenuous and painful process, that leaves the men’s skins scarred all over; the effect resembling the crocodile scales.
The meaning behind this ceremony has deeply spiritual and symbolic connotations. The tribe’s people believe that the scars are crocodiles teeth that have swallowed the adolescents and morphed them into ‘crocodile men’.
The event culminates as the tribe’s celebration of the return of the ancestral crocodiles: legend has it, that when they migrated through the Sepik river, the crocodiles established a human population.
As well as a celebration, the ceremony is very important in establishing discipline and testing the strength of the young males. Their backs, buttocks and chest all receive multiple lacerations with bamboo sticks, creating scars that when healed form eloids, ‘sharply elevated, often round or oval scars due to the rich production of collagen in the dermal layer.’
Scarification is a also common amongst other equatorial tribes. It is often practiced on females whose scars are considered to be sexually arousing in a similar way to the act of tribal tattooing (not in a modern fashion douche sense). Scarification for equatorial tribes is a way to strengthen your identity, position and religion within a clan.
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Source (http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/ecology/when-men-become-crocodiles-extreme-tribal-scars/1261)

bujhee kom
May 23, 2011, 04:16 PM
Hey Gopal my wife is a cultural anthroplogist, archeologist! I often tell her about you.

May 23, 2011, 04:18 PM
I'm never picking a fight with one of those guys. . .

bujhee kom
May 23, 2011, 04:25 PM
Hhmmm....ki Orpheus/iDumbo bhai, ki bhabchen?

May 23, 2011, 04:29 PM
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Satere-Mawe tribe's initiation with ants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satere-Mawe)

bujhee kom
May 23, 2011, 04:30 PM
Dangerous beautiful areas! Very interesting!

Gopal bhai, you should study cultural anthropo at the University!

May 23, 2011, 04:44 PM
Guérewol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerewol) of the Wodaabe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerewol)

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May 23, 2011, 04:44 PM
Dangerous beautiful areas! Very interesting!

Gopal bhai, you should study cultural anthropo at the University!

Thanks. I did take an intro class. I might minor in it. Problem is you have to be an ethnographer and live with the tribes you are studying. No room for arm-chairization. :)

bujhee kom
May 23, 2011, 05:02 PM
You could study anthropology in urban context and study like for instance like Gay Gangs in the city!!

May 23, 2011, 08:57 PM
10 Extraordinary Burial Ceremonies From Around The World

Link (http://matadornetwork.com/bnt/10-extraordinary-burial-ceremonies-from-around-the-world/)

May 24, 2011, 01:56 AM
^^ Fascinating indeed.

May 24, 2011, 06:28 AM