[VIDEO] Boy is left in forest, blindfolded and alone—but next morning he’s surprised at what he sees

December 8, 2017 Last Updated: December 23, 2017

The Cherokee had a ritual for a boy’s initiation into manhood. His father takes him into the middle of the forest, blindfolds him, and leaves him there alone. The boy must sit still on a stump the whole night. He cannot remove the blindfold or cry out for help. Once he survives the night, he is a man.

Boys cannot tell other boys of this experience because each must come into manhood on his own. The boy was terrified, but stoically sat on the stump. When he felt the warmth of the rising sun, he removed the blindfold and was surprised at what he saw.