"The transition from childhood to adulthood -- the 'coming of age' of boys who become young men and girls who become young women -- is a significant stepping stone in everyone’s life. But the age at which this happens, and how a child celebrates their rite of passage into adolescence, depends entirely on where they live and what culture they grow up in. Looking back, we'll never forget the majesty that was prom, or the excitement of hitting the dance floor at our friends' co-ed Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties, and why should we? Embarassing or amazing, they were pivotal moments in our lives that deserve remembering. On that note, here are thirteen of it the world’s most diverse coming of age traditions."
Tags: gender, folk culture, culture, indigenous, worldwide.
The missionaries, associated with the U.S.-based group Youth With A Mission, say the Brazilian government is turning a blind eye to the killing of babies born with birth defects, many of which are treatable by western medicine.
The U.S. prison population is disproportionately black. The same racial disparity can be seen in the students who are punished in the nation’s schools. The connection between these two phenomena are stronger -- and more insidious -- than many may understand.
The Washington Post's Wonk Blog broke down issues with Alaska's complicated marijuana laws Wednesday, noting the implications of the Ravin decision, the Alaska Supreme Court ruling that found individual privacy protects the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the home.
Alaska House and Senate Judiciary Committee members met Monday in Anchorage to discuss “criminal justice reinvestment,” or how the lofty goals set in a crime omnibus bill passed during the legislative session are being addressed.
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