How Do You Graduate from Childhood To Adulthood?



Is Somebody an Adult at 18?

There are methods of the way one graduates from childhood into adulthood. A child may be somebody who is from age zero up to 18 years. That is the global age when one now becomes an adult. I do believe though that there are many people who are above 18 years and still behave like babies. In the African tradition, there are methods which graduates one from childhood into adulthood.


Rite of Passage!

There are several methods which in the African Tradition are used to make an adult out of a child.

This is the method in which children are made into adults. Boys are circumcised to make men out of them. Girls, in some traditions too used to undergo this rite of passage before they termed it Female Genital Mutilation. Nowadays, they take alternative methods of rite of passage. During seclusion, the children are taught how to be responsible adults and how to bring up a family.


  • Removal of teeth!

Some traditions extract teeth to make them into adults.


  • Show of Heroic deeds!

Among the Maasai one had to kill a lion to be accepted into manhood.         image- pixabay


  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    I was aware of some of those traditions but had not heard about the removal of teeth. Thanks for teaching us a little about African rites of passage into adulthood, Meshack 🙂

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne

      Thanks for the details, Meshack! Do you know what the reason for extracting the teeth is? It seems obvious that there’s a proof they can withstand pain, but those teeth are sort of necessary for adult life. I wonder how that tradition evolved?

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne

      That makes sense! How interesting that they found at least an explanation after the fact for knocking out those teeth!

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