What Does It Take To Become A Real Man In The Sambia Tribe: Real Men Drink Semen?

The Sambia Tribe of Papua, New Guinea. They are one of the most bizarre cultures known to westernisation. Such a weird culture that a cultural anthropologist, Gilbert Herdt, described their ritual act of initiation as “ritualised homosexuality.” Although, the people of Sambia do not think of this as homosexuality but a ritual to attain male development. To them, this ritual is necessary to attain the status of a “warrior” compared to the weaker gender.

Once they turn seven or nine, they are taken away from their mothers. This process allows for the detachment of the boys from their mothers who it is believed to have contaminated blood. As such, there is a need to deliver these boys via a blood-letting ceremony.The blood-letting ceremony involves beating the boys with long sticks on their nostrils until they bleed. Once they pass this stage, his father and kinsmen look for a wife for him. He has to wait until she has her first menstruation. While he awaits this, he is trained to disassociate himself from satisfying the woman fully because she might make him fall ill and die. When they marry, she must fellate him before sexual intercourse.

According to Sambia belief, the semen of a man possesses the ‘masculine spirit’, which young boys will be able to attain through his ingestion of Semen. The journey to manhood has no set route but the end goal is always the same which is to protect and provide.

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