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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
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For a great clearinghouse of information about all types of religions and belief systems
visit:

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www.religioustolerance.org
Rites of Passage

Young men in South Africa are circumcized as part of initiation into adulthood:
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“Crocodile Scars” as part of young men’s initiation rites in Papua New Guinea:
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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/mali_dama?gc=%2Fvideo%2Ftravel&
source=relatedvideo
Young men of the Hamar tribe must jump over cattle to prove they are men:
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the Dogon of Mali, Africa initiation into manhood:
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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/benin_fulaniinitiation?gc=%2Fvideo%
2Ftravel
Stinging ants initiate warriors among a tribe of Amazonian Indians:
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The Fulani of Africa whip boys into manhood:
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http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/taboo/videos/cow-jumping/
a girl in Papua New Guinea gets a facial tattoo as part of her initiation into womanhood:
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http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/taboo/videos/tattoo-by-thorn/
Mescalero Apache girl’s rite of passage into womanhood:
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Shamanism

Visit Smithsonian online exhibit of Ainu (indigenous people of Japan) shamans:

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http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/features/ainu/index.html
Korean shamans:

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See videos of religious healing and religious specialists at:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/zimbabwe-healers-pp
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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/paraguay_paraguayshaman
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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/countriesplaces/ethiopia/ethiopia-healingspirit-pp/
Ritual and Prayer

See painful prayer offering in Napal:

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See the self-stabbing ritual to appeal to the gods in Bali:

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See a clip of the healing use of the drug San Pedro in Peru:

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For an interesting video of the Aghoris of India that blends ritual drug use with
consuming human remains:

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See a real test of faith — Land Diving

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Possession and Exorcism

Philippine boy is possessed:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/beliefs-andtraditions/philippines_exorcism/
Hindu spirit possession:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/festivalscelebrations/malaysia-thaipusam-pp/
Witchcraft

In Mexico, witchcraft is alive and well:


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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/beliefs-andtraditions/mexico_witchcraft/
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See a witch cleanser in Zimbabwe use divination to find witches:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/cultureplaces/work/zimbabwe_witchdoctor/
In Ghana, witches are exiled. View a film clip here:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/ghana_ghanawitches
Visit this great website about the Salem Witch Trials (click on “The Story” for a little
movie about the background of the Salem Witch Trials):

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school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/salemwitchtrials/
A short film on contemporary Wicca can be seen at:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/beliefs-andtraditions/uk_wicca/
Voodoo and Santeria

Voodoo was born in West Africa, where it remains an official religion:

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In Africa, Voodoo practitioners celebrate their New Year festival:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/festivalscelebrations/togo_voodoofestival/
In Haiti, Voodoo is a syncretic religion, a blend of African and French Catholic traditions:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/beliefs-andtraditions/haiti_haitianvoodoo/
Voodoo isn’t confined to Africa or Haiti, it also survives in the Americas:

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/beliefs-andtraditions/venezuela_marialionzavoodoo/
See a film clip on Santeria, like Voodoo, it developed among slaves on a Caribbean
island.

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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/cuba-santeriapp?gc=%2Fvideo%2Ftravel%2Fcontinents-and-regions%2Fsouth-america
Death Rituals and Conceptions of the Afterlife

Overview of the Day of the Dead

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See videos of Egyptian concepts of death:
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http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/discovery-atlas-mexicoday-of-the-dead/
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/countries-places/egypt/kingtuts-tomb/
See elaborate coffins made in Ghana:

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View a secondary burial ritual:

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In Indonesia, the dead live with the family for a long time before the funeral, treating it as
though it was still alive:
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http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/culture-places/beliefs-andtraditions/taiwan_secondburial/
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/indonesia_corpseliveswithfamily?sour
ce=relatedvideo
See traditional Hindu cremation ceremony:

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