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The Mass Circumcision Rituals of Indonesia

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In Indonesia, circumcision is considered the official beginning of a boy’s transition into manhood—a defining moment in his life, and a major cause for celebration. Families ring in the milestone with a traditional ceremony called a “Kuda Renggong,” dressing their children in colorful costumes and propping them up on dancing horses while live bands play for about six hours straight. VICE got an inside look at one of the extravagant ceremonies in West Java, following a six-year-old boy named Dani and his family as he prepped for the big day. Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Click here to get the best of VICE daily: http://bit.ly/1SquZ6v Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Download VICE on iOS: http://apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: http://bit.ly/28S8Et0
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radio guy (1 day ago)
"so this is the lucky boy?" are you joking?! loosing 20k nerve endings MEANS YOU ARE UNLUCKY
aToMs_eLiTeZ (5 days ago)
The only reason the horses dance is because if you watch they pull the strap on their mouth which puts them to agany
Amteloletom (7 days ago)
Very good video
Frenemy (13 days ago)
Chris Holguin (21 days ago)
Chris Huang (1 month ago)
my pp now feels weird
he should not be named (1 month ago)
Perasaan gw sunat gk gitu jg -____________________________-
tur daf (1 month ago)
People here just bring their opinion from their background without considering that the different world has their own philosophy too. Just respect them what the way they live. you won't understand because you, I, and they have different values. Cheers
fury dua (1 month ago)
ChilePlots (2 months ago)
@ Gekyume Onfroy
EJZYEBEJZYE (2 months ago)
Nothing is wrong with male circumcisions.
NOT kd (2 months ago)
The "circumcision for hygiene" argument is like saying we should cut off our fingertips so we don't get dirty fingernails. All you have to do is practice proper hygiene.
NOT kd (2 months ago)
The "circumcision for hygiene" argument is like saying we should cut off our fingertips so we don't get dirty fingernails. All you have to do is practice proper hygiene. all babies are born perfect, stop genital mutilation!
Beyonder (2 months ago)
This is an ancient practice that will shape a boy into a men. A right of passage. It will increase the chance the boys will become strong, fertile, masculine and no HOMO.
Iron Hamster (2 months ago)
wkwk lucu liatin komentar orang barat tentang sunat
Ramon Ribeiro (2 months ago)
LMFAO Dani came out of the clinic his mom said thank god hes ALIVE brooooooooo wtf is up
Loreal Madonna (2 months ago)
This is sad so much ignorance passed down from generation to generation. Nothing is stronger than the power of belief! 😣
Lila Hazimi (2 months ago)
THIS IS NOT ISLAM and has absolutely nothing at all to do with Islam!
tom cam (3 months ago)
i have been circumcised at age 10, but its in the hospital with doctor and anesthesia.
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
of course with anesthesia, this kid treatment too ...
Barky Von Schnauzer (3 months ago)
If GOD did not want you to have a foreskin, he would have created you without it. It serves a purpose and you threw it away.
Gabriel Sanchez (3 months ago)
6:50 I think that's my drunk ass uncle 😒😒
Simon Childs (3 months ago)
one kid getting the chop does not count as a mass circumcision
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
all moslem man will have a circumcision experience for sure ...
4.526.433 views (3 months ago)
it is funny that mutilating the genitals of children is acceptable but raping a child is considered one of the worst crimes but what do you expect from indonesians,the guys who literally live 10k kilometers away from the jews,yet somehow the jews managed to enslave them and convert them to the death cult known as islam!
Enricom23 (3 months ago)
Stupid, illiterate, backward troglodytes. That whole Indonesian "culture" should be euthanised. They circumcise females in some parts, too. Oh, and stop celebrating this archaic practice. Or, you know, start celebrating the female version.
Gera Torres (3 months ago)
y’all gay for that
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
in statistic, western people much more have gay than eastern ...
iqbal ferhan (3 months ago)
i don't know man this is choice don't judge them
Hazbi Selmani (3 months ago)
To all fools here: Circumcision is done with no pain & prevents infections even people in Europe go into those surgeries. It is true that in some contries circumcision is done in painful techniques but 90% are by laser which man doesn't feel anything. It looks nearly all here are experts :(
endofscene (3 months ago)
Primitive culture.
Morgan Wilson (4 months ago)
This is absolutely shameful. This is child abuse. There is NO indication for circumcision, it greatly reduces sensitivity, and causes all kinds of issues. Absolutely abhorrent
Asef Muh. Rifat (4 months ago)
I was circumcised at 10 days old
Morfeen (4 months ago)
'Bahasa/indonesia' language, 'sundanese' language, English
Sampf (4 months ago)
I was circumcised when I was a baby. It hasn't caused me problems and I still feel everything during sex. I still wish I wasn't though.
Ezekiel Goldberg II (4 months ago)
God: *creates foreskin* God: Ok now cut it off of your kid
ui method (4 months ago)
This is barbaric and should be stopped and if you play the "health" card, maybe you should shower in the morning and evening , you know like civilized people do and there will be no health problems. What I find funny and sad in the same time, in 'murica this is fine as long as there is no dancing and other crap. If is done in a hospital = ok. Fricking idiots accepting a practice like those amazonian tribes in this century. wtf is normal to cut a part of yourself?!!
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
this circumcised done by medical treatment, using anesthesia etc
slippery snake (4 months ago)
LOL look what the boy does with his fingers at 3:04 hahaaaa
Just think what HILLARY Clinton could do with that, and the kids live ,
Zen Buddhism (4 months ago)
Go back to your Hindu roots. You can see how Bali in indonesia, the only hindu majority island in indonesia is peaceful and blissful.
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
hindu were import religion too, not indonesia roots ... please not confused with politic and religion ...
Weezyy LSTBYZ (5 months ago)
Its really funny how it works but here in my country, youll never going to have sex life if you not circumcised.
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
if it's really funny, just dont do that, just simple ...
Wahyu Hidayat (5 months ago)
3 languages in 1 video.
he canta (5 months ago)
Female horses are more hornier than male horses.
Otan Er (5 months ago)
It looks fun when you do it. Us in the Philippines, some parents will be surprised their boys will go home one afternoon already gone circumcised. We call it rite of passage but it was boring, but how you do it with that dancing and festivities looks like the real deal.
Anmordal-Swe (5 months ago)
Vice collected 100 foreskins as payment to make this video, a propaganda tool for circumcision. I remember the days when vice actually did interesting stuff, they degraded themselves to this level in some years.
ironrazma25 (5 months ago)
Efrain Guzman (5 months ago)
Circumcision is normalized male genital mutilation. We can’t be against female genital mutilation but support circumcision. Change my mind.
NOT kd (2 months ago)
Moses Francis (5 months ago)
Look at how they treat boys ,no wonder they grow up to be men who wants their wife to basically be a maid.
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
please visit some families in indonesia, then comment ...
angga septian (5 months ago)
as you can see, the reporter speak three languages; Indonesian, English, and Sunda (one of Indonesia's traditional languages). Sorry just sayin.
Yumenga (5 months ago)
Hey Vice, would you cover this in the same positive way if it was little girls getting their genitals mutilated? Of course not. Your double-standard sickens me. Mutilating a child's genitals is completely wrong, whether it's a girl or a boy.
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
from youre perspective ... not indonesian perspective
Boi singhn (5 months ago)
why are people so mad about this
Doglover12 (5 months ago)
I’m Jewish so this is part of my culture although I think if you’re going to circumcise your kid do it when they’re a baby so they don’t have to remember it
Zlow GT (4 months ago)
Im doing it when I 12 yo now i don't even remember it
Jag Girl (5 months ago)
They wouldn't be smiling if they new the pain they were to endure. I get it's their culture, but it's cruel and not necessary today.
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
its done by medical treatment, using anesthesia etc .. not just cutting with knife or something ....
Laura Jazz (5 months ago)
Wow he was not crying when he got out...
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
of course, it;s done with anesthesia treatment
Kary Et Tima (5 months ago)
I got mine at 7. Would never forget it. With a knife 🗡 too while my dad watched 🤷🏾‍♂️ Made me more of a man 😉
Biwak Gaming (5 months ago)
I don't like people who defame the culture of other countries
Biwak Gaming (5 months ago)
I am indonesian people
LCN 1985 (5 months ago)
Nice to see that all of the worldly religions can come together and agree on something for once - mutilating children's genitalia :/
mirza hanani (5 months ago)
I love this culture
Dicky Tsuki (5 months ago)
Sometimes she speak with sundanese leangue, so i have to read the subtitles even tough i'm indonesian
rido trimanca (5 months ago)
In my opinion we should let them do what they believe. By pushing you perspective toward this ethnic group, you will destroy the value they hold on. Is it wrong for everyone to have the right of self determination?
Mohd Helmy (5 months ago)
Its kind of funny to read all the comments reviewing other traditions haha what happened to us...
- king- (5 months ago)
Well they look Hindus but Muslims but Hindus lol,confused shit,I say dupe it all and start afresh
Leonor Silva (5 months ago)
He’s not a man, he a child.
Leonor Silva (5 months ago)
That’s animal abuse.
Leonor Silva (5 months ago)
Poor child , that’s abuse. Poor horses, they should run free. Such ignorance
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
what about eventing, show jumping, dan dressage in olympics game ?
MedEighty (5 months ago)
There's no limit to human stupidity and backwardness.
Jamie Lazuli (5 months ago)
Why is everyone in this comment section so pressed? Just chill it's a part of their culture lmao.
Marijuana (5 months ago)
Ra iso bahasa Sunda aku........😅
Vedanta Sharma (5 months ago)
Who else only watched this to see little boys get circumcised? -Harvey Weinstein’
Whiterun Guard (5 months ago)
Here comes the sex organ activist saying this is an abuse lol
Lord Papeles (5 months ago)
It's a celebration of him becoming a man. Then puts make up on him.
danightpisser (5 months ago)
Nice to see how they dance around the fact that this is an Islam thing that got thrown ontop of another tradition
Brenden (5 months ago)
The foreskin is homologous (same biological structure) to the clitoral hood. Removal of the clitoral hood is classified as type-1a female genital mutilation by the WHO. Therefore, circumcision is directly equivalent to type-1a female genital mutilation. (The most common FGM IIRC.)
Rounak Narayan (6 months ago)
That's why Islam is a cancer to world
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
you are for sure is finest man in the earth ...
Donutsandorsleep Maps (6 months ago)
What a rip off
Marie Aikenhead (6 months ago)
Disgusting for multiple reasons. Blatant animal abuse (the horses are 'dancing' because they're being physically forced to - for hours on end), plus genital mutilation of a child. Not surprised by Vice's "reporting" on this
Charlie Foster (6 months ago)
I have been to Indonesia. I do not support this. The earthquake in Palu, Indonesia thinks I am right. Have some humanity folks. Apa Kabar.
Kushking420 (6 months ago)
sometimes i think people are wilding, but these mofos are WILDING
slimeballz (6 months ago)
Mass circumcisions....🤔 devil is getting desperate 😀 but will lose nevertheless. End of daze Glory days! 🍀
Juksemakeren (6 months ago)
it's called "genital mutilation"
Th3Vik1ng (6 months ago)
Gordon Way (6 months ago)
Good goys...mutilate your genitalia for your (((masters)))
The Innocent Potato (6 months ago)
This is going to age really badly.
blue-steel (6 months ago)
Reported for child abuse. Genital mutilation is child abuse and should not be supported.
Syntr's Channel (6 months ago)
Yay genital mutilation!
Sadri Mohamud (6 months ago)
how were the kids able to walk out after the circumcision??? wouldn't it hurt, wouldn't they be crying in pain?? so confused
Greg Allan (6 months ago)
They are also OK with the rape of little boys so I guess VICE really are sadistic paedophiles.
MrAnthonyIII (6 months ago)
This is a barbaric practice that should not be praised or given a platform. It should be banned and fought everywhere, the same way forced female genital cutting is. So what it's apart of their culture? Then their culture is fucked up in that regard, as is every other one that normalizes forcibly mutilating boys' genitals (including the US). "Different cultures" is not a valid justification Remember the HIV infected man (Eric Aniva) in Africa known as "The Hyena" who was paid to take the virginity of young girls and whose behavior was considered normal in that that culture? Was there anyone in the west defending that because "their culture" thought it was okay? Is there anyone in the West defending female circumcision because "other cultures" think it's okay? And yet these perverts in this video are celebrated. Because of their culture? No, realistically it's because they're abusing and permanently disfiguring young boys, and people are fine with barbaric cultural practices so long it's only boys or men who are the ones suffering from it
DE BIZARRE (6 months ago)
No wonder why indos are gay
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
how come indos having population 250 milliion peoples ? if they were gay
Matt (6 months ago)
Learn something called cultural relativism. Its essential in journalism so stop bitching.
xiaoming berserker (6 months ago)
Genital mutilation, what a great moment for the feminists
Photographe Demode (6 months ago)
Circumcision goes against the very basic principles of islam, yet it is done routinely in muslim communities...What is it they don't understand !!!! http://www.quranicpath.com/misconceptions/circumcision.html
Michael Mccarthy (6 months ago)
Ouch... the cruelest cut.. .
NazMaTaz (6 months ago)
That kid seems spoiled
HindsightPOV (6 months ago)
NazMaTaz You sound like an idiot.
NazMaTaz (6 months ago)
Pretty little rave
Julian Lawrence (6 months ago)
I feel like throwing up after watching this...
mmm hmmm (6 months ago)
Snip Snip
TheReactionaryAmerican (6 months ago)
Fucking savages
DESPAIR (6 months ago)
Vice has an effective way of convincing people to divulge sensitive information. Thanks for making them spill the beans, vice. Even though your translator has 0 empathy.
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
empathy ? for what ?
Sakti Zulfikar (6 months ago)
Hello west fellow, i m indonesian, stop barking people tradition in the way like you all more superior than us. Go to ask your doctor about circumcise is actually prevent you to got some genitals sickness. And circumcise a mature body is more hard and the rate to success is decrease. Stop criticize peoples tradition, because indonesia also never force other country to buy an Opium just because we need BLACK TEA, like Britain did in 18 century to Chinese. Or USA attacked Vietnam, just because a bullshit pride. And we as a peoples on Indonesia is not believe in ideology of yours ... like liberalism, like the most WEST peoples believe. Because we believe one individual is connect to other individual. FOR BASIC EXAMPLE, we dont support practical of FREE SEX (even if they also some peoples in here that doing that) but we maintain it to be taboo in Indonesia. In other hand, most WEST peoples think is free choose to every individual. Than when the girl pregnant, the girl choose to commit abortion a.k.a KILLING THEIR OWN BLOOD. Barbaric? indeed. So stop talking about other nation tradition, in the way that you think you are more civilize than us. Because your superior of technology right now, is because Muslim Empire long ago took Spain (ANDALUSIA) and when you all threw them away (because Muslim teach is weaken the Monarch power), you keep the library in Andalusia that be foundation of your technology right now. And guess what, you as the most west peoples think, you think europe peoples already smart to begin with ... without any other influence. So naif. But remember buddy, clock keep ticking. History tells us that never ever big empire, nation, or alliance (NATO) success to keep their superiority forever. Like now Chinese is arise, that almost can compare USA. The time when NATO fall, the West Fall, is irresistible. So watch out your mouth! Respect peoples believe and tradition, or even you want to criticize, do it in the right way!
Sakti Zulfikar (6 months ago)
Do i need to show you some review sir? Genital that got circumcision, is more cleaner than uncircumcision genital. One of many example, when you make in love, there's some probability that genital will bring some microorganism from inside vagina. And if you got circumcision, you can clean it more easier that can prevent you to got several genital sickness. Go study first. You said its unnecessary, indeed. for you its unnecessary that not value your self. But for me, and most of peoples in indonesia that embrace Islam. Islam and our ancestor value cleanliness, and been told to respect our self in the way of cleanliness. Respect peoples tradition, and not mock them like a bounce of idiot just because you are not do the same thing. I dont hate west, but i hate peoples IN THIS COMMENT SECTION who talk so high without any respect. When you talk about culture different you need to be open minded first, and do not ever judge it in your only point of view like a frog in the well.
DESPAIR (6 months ago)
ask your doctor? Most doctors across the globe denounce circumcision as unnecessary and unethical. Particularly European ones.
PissMenn (6 months ago)
Sundanese please stop breeding! do something useful work rather than sex sex, more than half of Indonesia's prostitute are sundanese, they export their women and girls throughout the country. West Java where the sundanese located is the most densely populated province in Indonesia.
Reed Tardio (6 months ago)
poor horses :(
Fla Mboyan (2 months ago)
what about eventing, show jumping, dan dressage in olympics game ?
euqirnE niuqaoJ (6 months ago)
They should do it as a baby so they don’t remember the pain
DESPAIR (6 months ago)
Or, here's an idea: how about not doing it at all?

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