initiation

Set of rites, or tests designed to allow young people to enter into the adult world. Tribal peoples often initiate young boys and girls, during a ceremony (or a rite of passage) where they must show how brave they are and go through ordeals that are sometimes painful, like those that involve fire or red ants. All those who are initiated together belong to the same age set and will help each other out throughout their lives.

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