The Matausa Cleansing is a coming of age rite of passage ritual practiced by the men in the Matausa tribe in Papua New Guinea.
This ritual is so secret, it has even never been witnessed by some members of the tribe.
The Matausa tribe is located in the Highlands of the country, therefore not a lot of people know about this tribe’s rituals or culture.
This rite of passage will allowed a kid to realize his true strength until his body is cleansed.
People of the Matausa tribe in New Guinea believe that if you really want to be a man, then you need to get rid of all those filthy woman bits that your mom left behind when you were born. This is why all initiates must endure their blood cleansing ritual.
To make the boy a man, he will have to cleanse his body from any female influence that they got from their mother.
To cleanse their body, they will have to pass through 3 main steps that will involve pain and scarification and after that they will be considered men.
The first part involves purging the stomach by inserting two long, thin strips of cane down their throats to induce vomiting. After their stomachs are cleaned out, it’s time to clean out all the dirty woman air that’s passed through their noses.
This is done by taking bundles of reeds and shoving them deep into the initiates’ nostrils, causing them to bleed profusely.
Finally, using what looks like a miniature bow and arrow, the elders repeatedly stab initiates’ tongues with the arrow’s razor-sharp head so the young men bleed out any impurities in their mouths.
The Matausa tribe believe that a boy will never realize his true strength if his body is not cleansed. In order to rid them of impurity and help them gain the vitality a warrior needs.
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