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Monday, 18 June 2012
Cassette Playa Blood Rites
"This video is part of a month long residency at Weltkuren Museum exploring male initiation rituals. Sepik River scarfication in Papua New Guinea, Kayapo body art in Amazonia and UK teen rites – football, boxing and tattooing. I was particulary interested in the Sepik River - especiallythe relationship between the initiated boys and their maternal uncle (not father) who supports them throughout the painful ceremony. As in Kayapo culture it is this maternal uncle who also teaches the boys the skills and knowledge they need to make the transistion from boy to man. When I looked at UK culture I found no such traditions and when I spoke with male friends found that many struggled to think of a male role model when a teenager, only one of the 25 men I talked with said they saw their father or uncle as a role model. Instead they looked to sportsmen and muscians as inspirations of manhood.
I was also interested in the important role the mother plays - both in child rearing and through the maternal uncle (her brother) I was reminded of this -
"In a frequently quoted incident, the wife of King Leonidas was asked why Spartan women were the only women in Greece who "ruled" their husbands. Gorgo replied, "Because we are the only women who give birth to men." In other words, only men with the self-confidence to accept women as equals were men at all."
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