Preview – Extraordinary Rituals

Extraordinary Rituals
Picture Shows: In China, boys of the Long Horn Miao people head off to find romance at a matchmaking ritual. Image Credit: BBC/Sandy Huang.

This programme looks at the rituals performed by various peoples across the globe.

This opening edition looks at the rituals surrounding births, marriages and deaths. These range from “Naki Sumo”, a 400-year-old Japanese practice of getting sumo wrestlers to make babies cry in the belief it will make the baby stronger, and a Papua New Guinea coming-of-age ceremony where the skin of young men is cut with crocodile scales to represent strength.

Extraordinary Rituals is on BBC Two at 21.00.