Coming of Age Rituals

Cultures from around the world celebrate a child’s coming of age.

In indigenous cultures, boys and girls go through challenges and experiences that bond them with the adults of their sex.  

Today, coming of age rituals are often associated with the family’s faith – and therefore conform to the religion’s definitions of gender. In some parts of the world, particularly in indigenous cultures, the ceremonies can be extreme – serving as harrowing transitions into adulthood. 

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