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Culture or cruelty? The Zulu Festival of Ukweshwama

We must use our bare hands. It’s cruelty, we agree, but it’s our culture. We cannot change our culture…For 40 minutes, dozens trampled the bellowing, groaning bull, wrenched its head around by the horns to try to break its neck, pulled its tongue out, stuffed sand in its mouth and even tried to tie its penis in a knot. Gleaming with sweat, they raised their arms in triumph and sang when the bull finally succumbed.

A description of the Zulu Festival of Ukweshwama, where young warriors must kill a bull with their bare hands.

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This quote from Simply Green blog.