According to HPL magazine, the Chamber is a Papua New Guinean tribe that lives on Papua New Guinea, the world's second-largest island. Papua New Guinea is an island off the coast of Australia in the western Pacific, not in Africa, as the text implies. Young guys endure a rite of passage where their bodies are hard to look like crocodiles.
This tribe considers crocodiles to be sacred, hence the tradition. They do this ritual to honor their forefathers, the crocodiles, who they think are descended from them. They believe that these crocodiles developed into humans and lived in the Sepik rivers.
Boys aged 11 to 20 are brought to a spiritual house where women are not allowed for six weeks before commencing the initiation process. Bamboo slivers are used to shave the skin of the elderly. Hundreds of cuts are made down the length of the back.
The boys are held down without being provided any pain medicine at this period. This rite is risky since no medicine is offered to alleviate pain or avoid infection of the body's scars. Because of the massive wounds that take longer to heal, many persons who endure this ceremony are vulnerable to severe illnesses like tetanus.
When the incisions are finished, the boys lie near a fire, smoke is blown into the wounds, and clay and tree oil are put to the scars to elevate the skin and make it appear scale-like as it heals. Once they have completed this treatment, the spirit will remain in them for the rest of their lives.
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