The Sateré-Mawé people believe that enduring the bullet-ant ritual cements a man's status as a warrior and member of the tribe. Each person must wear the gloves 20 times in total for 10 minutes at a time over the course of his initiation.
Wearing These Gloves Means Utter Agony
Key Facts In This Video
The Sateré-Mawé people hold a ritual in which young boys must wear gloves full of stinging bullet ants as a rite of passage. 00:12
A sting from a bullet ant hurts 30 times more than a bee sting. 01:08
It takes 24 hours for the toxins from a bullet ant sting to dissipate completely. 03:25
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