From Boys to Men - How Culture Celebrates Coming of Age

From Boys to Men - How Culture Celebrates Coming of Age

How cultures make men from boys around the world.

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Girls have their Quinceañeras and other, "coming of age", ceremonies that are well-known around the world. A little less known are the coming of age ceremonies of boys as they march toward manhood.

In the west, we mostly think of 21st birthdays, bucks night pranks and drinking parties - especially when such pranks end up in the news. But, not all boys-to-men celebrations wind up with some guy tied to a lamp post. Different countries and cultures have their own ceremonies to celebrate manhood, and here are a few.

Rumspringa

The Amish community celebrates the youths' freedom when they turn 16. At this age, the youths are free to venture out into the society and explore on weekends unsupervised by their parents.

Throughout this duration, they are not tied down by their religious laws. This unique coming of age ceremony is held in hopes that the youths will come to their own realization that they want to commit to their religion.

When these youths decide to get baptized and start committing to the Amish life voluntarily, their rumspringa time ends.

The Bar Mitzvah

Once Jewish boys turn 13, they are considered to be adults and this occasion will be celebrated with a bar mitzvah. Along with their coming of age, they are also required to formally review the Jewish laws and its commandments.

This can be a huge religious responsibility the very day they turn adult! Since the boys will need to prepare for weeks in advance for this ceremony, there will usually be a reception to celebrate the young boy's accomplishments and hard work.

With the ceremony done with, the boys are now officially able to participate in religious ceremonies.

Seijin-no-Hi

In Japan, the coming of age ceremony is held much later - at the age of 20. This specific age is chosen because the Japanese believe that it is at 20 years old that youths are considered to be mature. 20-year-olds start to contribute to society, and they are now able to vote and drink!

This coming of age festival is held on the second Monday of January annually. On this day, youths dress up in traditional attire and head to the local city offices together. There, they receive presents and party with their friends and family.

Sweet Sixteen

This coming of age ceremony in America is not as religious-based as that of some other cultures'. As the ceremony name suggests, sweet sixteen is celebrated when youths turn 16.

To mark their transition from a child to an adult with more freedom and responsibilities, American parents usually gift these youths a car. You can see instances of lavish sweet sixteen parties from reality shows such as 'My Super Sweet Sixteen' if you want to see what it's like!

Guan Li

In some parts of China, the Confucian coming of age ceremonies is carried out. For boys, these ceremonies are referred to as 'Guan Li'. As can be expected from a Confucian ceremony, there are plenty of speeches centred around respect and gratitude for the boys' elders.

Like the Japanese ceremony, Guan Li is also only celebrated when youths turn 20. On this day, the boys will wear a traditional robe. They would bow and show respect and gratitude to their parents.

While they are in a kneeling position, these boys will receive words of advice from their parents before they thank all the attendees for joining their ceremony.

Land Divers

Boys in Vanuatu start participating in a continuous coming of age ceremony from as young as 7 or 8. In this ceremony, boys will have bungee-like vines tied to their ankles, a length just sufficient to refrain them from hitting the ground as they jump off towers as high as 98-feet tall.

In their first few dives, they are allowed to jump off shorter towers, and their mothers will be holding an item representing their childhood as they do so. After the jump, the item will be thrown away, symbolizing their growth from that phase of childhood.

As these boys grow older, they jump from taller towers to symbolize their growth over the years. This ceremony typically draws quite an audience, family members aside - that's not too surprising given how unique this ceremony is!

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

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Meet the Top Female Golfers of 2017. Can you Guess Who they Are?

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When we think golf, often names like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy come up, but we are about to change that placement in your mind. In this article, you will read about five of the best female golfers in 2017. 

Sandra Gal

She is easily one of the most popular female golfers of 2017. The German beauty was born back in 1985. She began playing golf early in her childhood and featured in the German National Team at the age of 17.

Long before anyone knew, she was winning titles and gaining limelight.

In 2007, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and within a year, turned pro. Sandra achieved T15 in 2011, T12 in 2012, and T19 and T25 in 2013, and is still playing on the LPGA Tour. She uses the Driver GBB Epic, 3 and 5 wood GBB Epic Sub-Zero, and a Callaway Chrome Soft.

Blair O'Neal

The US-born Blair O'Neal is another one of the favorite golfers from 2017. She was born in 1981 and started practicing the sport from the age of 13.

Soon she took her love for golf to the next level by becoming a professional golfer. She has two professional wins to her name.

Blair has successfully finished T68, T22, T64, T52, and T37, and is known to use the infamous Cobra drivers. She is a model on the side and is loved by millions for both of her elite professions.

Cheyenne Woods

Another one of the favorite female golfers from this year is Cheyenne Woods. She is a US National who is arguably the most famous female golfer around the globe. Cheyenne was born in 1990.

She found her love for golf in college where she won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.

After becoming professional in 2012, she has won two important tournaments including the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters where she won by a margin of two strokes. She uses a Nike VRS Covert Driver, a Nike RZN Black Ball, and Nike VR Pro wedges, etc.

Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr comes from the United States of America and was born in 1977.  Cristie has become quite a decorated female golfer with 26 professional wins to her name.

Cristie

Cristie has a staggering number of 19 wins on the LPGA Tour. One of the amusing facts about her is that she is naturally left-handed, yet plays golf with her right hand.

In her bag, you will find a PARSONS Driver, a Ping putter, and a Titleist-PRO V1 ball, etc. She is very active with social work and often spends time doing breast cancer charity work during her free time.

Belén Mozo

While talking about popular female golfers of the year, it would be unfair to miss out on the Spanish Belén Mozo. She was born in 1988 and turned professional in 2010.

Belen is currently playing on the LPGA Tour which she joined back in 2011, and the Ladies European Tour.

She received a 63T this year in Tech Championships—Indy Women.  The 2017 Masters win, her love for the gym, and her Spanish beauty, are only a few reasons why her fans love her.

As for the equipment, you will find an XR Sub Zero Driver, a Chrome Softball, and a Fers Apex Pro 16 etc

When we think golf, often names like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy come up, but we are about to change that placement in your mind. In this article, you will read about five of the best female golfers in 2017. 

Sandra Gal

She is easily one of the most popular female golfers of 2017. The German beauty was born back in 1985. She began playing golf early in her childhood and featured in the German National Team at the age of 17.

Long before anyone knew, she was winning titles and gaining limelight.

In 2007, she qualified for the LPGA Tour and within a year, turned pro. Sandra achieved T15 in 2011, T12 in 2012, and T19 and T25 in 2013, and is still playing on the LPGA Tour. She uses the Driver GBB Epic, 3 and 5 wood GBB Epic Sub-Zero, and a Callaway Chrome Soft.

Blair O'Neal

The US-born Blair O'Neal is another one of the favorite golfers from 2017. She was born in 1981 and started practicing the sport from the age of 13.

Soon she took her love for golf to the next level by becoming a professional golfer. She has two professional wins to her name.

Blair has successfully finished T68, T22, T64, T52, and T37, and is known to use the infamous Cobra drivers. She is a model on the side and is loved by millions for both of her elite professions.

Cheyenne Woods

Another one of the favorite female golfers from this year is Cheyenne Woods. She is a US National who is arguably the most famous female golfer around the globe. Cheyenne was born in 1990.

She found her love for golf in college where she won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.

After becoming professional in 2012, she has won two important tournaments including the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters where she won by a margin of two strokes. She uses a Nike VRS Covert Driver, a Nike RZN Black Ball, and Nike VR Pro wedges, etc.

Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr from the United States was born in 1977. She is quite a decorated female golfer with 26 professional wins to her name.

Cristie has a staggering number of 19 wins on the LPGA Tour. One of the amusing facts about her is that she is naturally left-handed, yet plays golf with her right hand.

In her bag, you will find a PARSONS Driver, a Ping putter, and a Titleist-PRO V1 ball, etc. She is very active with social work and often spends time doing breast cancer charity work during her free time.

Belén Mozo

While talking about popular female golfers of the year, it would be unfair to miss out on the Spanish Belén Mozo. She was born in 1988 and turned professional in 2010.

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Belen is currently playing on the LPGA Tour which she joined back in 2011, and the Ladies European Tour.

She received a 63T this year in Tech Championships—Indy Women.  The 2017 Masters win, her love for the gym, and her Spanish beauty, are only a few reasons why her fans love her.

As for the equipment, you will find an XR Sub Zero Driver, a Chrome Softball, and a Fers Apex Pro 16 in her bag. Go Girl!

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