Argumentative Essay: The Coming Of Age Ceremony

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In life, only two things are certain and inevitable: birth and death. All things that exist have been born and will presumably continue to reproduce and give birth to continue on their survival. All things that live must at some point die, requiring the continued cycle of reproduction to carry on species and culture. Additionally, birth and death are time specific and universal across all human cultures and living species. However, numerous human cultures also mark an important milestone at different times with different customs and attitudes concerning this milestone: the coming-of-age ceremony. Celebrated or experienced at different times for different explicitly stated reasons, coming-of-age ceremonies include the United States Debutante…show more content…
In the initiation ceremony, the highly poisonous paraponera clavata, the bullet ant, is harvested, sedated, and sewn into gloves in mass quantities. The poison of the bullet ant tops the Schmidt Sting Pain Index and is considered 30 times more painful than a bee sting. The young boys undergoing the initiation ceremony then take turn wearing the gloves once the ants have awakened, wearing the gloves over 20 times over the course of a few months. Once the boys have completed the rite, they are then “able to fulfill the duties of manhood” (Dlamini, 2015). In the Sateré-Mawé tribe, the people value “strength and courage, qualities needed to protect the tribe from hostile neighbors and natural predators, as well as to provide a steady supply of food for its members” (2013). By completing the bullet ant initiation, the boys exhibit strength and courage according to the specifications of the Sateré-Mawé tribe, and are able to begin life and duties as a man. By exhibiting bravery and physical endurance, the males also implicitly demonstrate their sexual prowess and can afterwards begin sexual

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