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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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Dhruv Menon (4 days ago)
Ever wonder why certain cultures get dehumanized? This is why.
tom cam (4 days ago)
i have been circumcised at age 10, but its in the hospital with doctor and anesthesia.
Barky Von Schnauzer (6 days 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 (6 days ago)
6:50 I think that's my drunk ass uncle 😒😒
Simon Childs (11 days ago)
one kid getting the chop does not count as a mass circumcision
4.526.433 views (12 days 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 (14 days 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 (16 days ago)
y’all gay for that
iqbal ferhan (16 days ago)
i don't know man this is choice don't judge them
Hazbi Selmani (17 days 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 (26 days ago)
Primitive culture.
Morgan Wilson (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I was circumcised at 10 days old
Morfeen (1 month ago)
'Bahasa/indonesia' language, 'sundanese' language, English
Sampf (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
God: *creates foreskin* God: Ok now cut it off of your kid
ui method (1 month 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?!!
slippery snake (1 month 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 ,
Maha Yana (1 month 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.
Weezyy LSTBYZ (2 months ago)
Its really funny how it works but here in my country, youll never going to have sex life if you not circumcised.
Wahyu Hidayat (2 months ago)
3 languages in 1 video.
he canta (2 months ago)
Female horses are more hornier than male horses.
Otan Er (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
THIS WAS KIND OF HYPOCRITICAL, I DONT THINK VICE COULD PULL OFF THIS KIND OF VIDEO ABOUT WOMEN GENITALS CUT OFF.
Efrain Guzman (2 months ago)
Circumcision is normalized male genital mutilation. We can’t be against female genital mutilation but support circumcision. Change my mind.
Moses Francis (2 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.
angga septian (2 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 (2 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.
Boi singhn (2 months ago)
why are people so mad about this
Doglover12 (2 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 (1 month ago)
Im doing it when I 12 yo now i don't even remember it
Jag Girl (2 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.
Laura Jazz (2 months ago)
Wow he was not crying when he got out...
Kary Et Tima (2 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 😉
Krismanu Rama (2 months ago)
I don't like people who defame the culture of other countries
Krismanu Rama (2 months ago)
I am indonesian people
LCN 1985 (2 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 (2 months ago)
I love this culture
Dicky Tsuki (2 months ago)
Sometimes she speak with sundanese leangue, so i have to read the subtitles even tough i'm indonesian
rido trimanca (2 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 (2 months ago)
Its kind of funny to read all the comments reviewing other traditions haha what happened to us...
- king- (2 months ago)
Well they look Hindus but Muslims but Hindus lol,confused shit,I say dupe it all and start afresh
Leonor Silva (2 months ago)
He’s not a man, he a child.
Leonor Silva (2 months ago)
That’s animal abuse.
Leonor Silva (2 months ago)
Poor child , that’s abuse. Poor horses, they should run free. Such ignorance
MedEighty (2 months ago)
There's no limit to human stupidity and backwardness.
Jamie Lazuli (2 months ago)
Why is everyone in this comment section so pressed? Just chill it's a part of their culture lmao.
West Progo (2 months ago)
Ra iso bahasa Sunda aku........😅
Vedanta Sharma (2 months ago)
Who else only watched this to see little boys get circumcised? -Harvey Weinstein’
Whiterun Guard (2 months ago)
Here comes the sex organ activist saying this is an abuse lol
Lord Papeles (2 months ago)
It's a celebration of him becoming a man. Then puts make up on him.
danightpisser (2 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 (2 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 Kumar (2 months ago)
That's why Islam is a cancer to world
Donutsandorsleep Maps (2 months ago)
What a rip off
Marie Aikenhead (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
sometimes i think people are wilding, but these mofos are WILDING
slimeballz (3 months ago)
Mass circumcisions....🤔 devil is getting desperate 😀 but will lose nevertheless. End of daze Glory days! 🍀
Juksemakeren (3 months ago)
it's called "genital mutilation"
Th3Vik1ng (3 months ago)
G E N I T A L M U T I L A T I O N
Gordon Way (3 months ago)
Good goys...mutilate your genitalia for your (((masters)))
The Innocent Potato (3 months ago)
This is going to age really badly.
blue-steel (3 months ago)
Reported for child abuse. Genital mutilation is child abuse and should not be supported.
Syntr's Channel (3 months ago)
Yay genital mutilation!
Sadri Mohamud (3 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 (3 months ago)
They are also OK with the rape of little boys so I guess VICE really are sadistic paedophiles.
MrAnthonyIII (3 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 (3 months ago)
No wonder why indos are gay
Matt (3 months ago)
Learn something called cultural relativism. Its essential in journalism so stop bitching.
xiaoming berserker (3 months ago)
Genital mutilation, what a great moment for the feminists
Photographe Demode (3 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 (3 months ago)
Ouch... the cruelest cut.. .
NazMaTaz (3 months ago)
That kid seems spoiled
HindsightPOV (3 months ago)
NazMaTaz You sound like an idiot.
NazMaTaz (3 months ago)
Pretty little rave
Julian Lawrence (3 months ago)
I feel like throwing up after watching this...
mmm hmmm (3 months ago)
Snip Snip
TheAmericanNationalist (3 months ago)
Fucking savages
DESPAIR (3 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.
Sakti Zulfikar (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
ask your doctor? Most doctors across the globe denounce circumcision as unnecessary and unethical. Particularly European ones.
PissMenn (3 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 (3 months ago)
poor horses :(
euqirnE niuqaoJ (3 months ago)
They should do it as a baby so they don’t remember the pain
DESPAIR (3 months ago)
Or, here's an idea: how about not doing it at all?
almas prawoto (3 months ago)
Im from Indonesia and yeah things do get crazy over there. Culture makes people do weird thing
HindsightPOV (3 months ago)
almas prawoto I’m from the United States and male circumcision is aggressively promoted in the country and yet admonishes female circumcision as barbaric. It’s shocking how there are people who can’t recognize the double standard. I disagree this is a great video. Vice has taken the stance that female circumcision is wrong but acts that male circumcision is acceptable. I was disgusted by their hypocrisy. I unsubscribed from Vice after watching this video.
almas prawoto (3 months ago)
+HindsightPOV im a medical student and doctors promote it like hell over here it frustrates me so much! Argh!! Sorry rant over. Great video anyways!!
HindsightPOV (3 months ago)
almas prawoto And that still doesn’t make it any less wrong. It’s good you’re able to recognize this isn’t a rational thing to do to children.
daddy uwu (3 months ago)
Oh boy hes gonna regret his decisions a few years later...
Zlow GT (1 month ago)
+HindsightPOV lol dude i get this i don't event any gift after that Did look sad now??
HindsightPOV (3 months ago)
daddy uwu It wasn’t really the boy’s decision. He was tricked with promises of a party and gifts. If he really knew all that was going to happen to him, he would’ve never agreed to it. It’s cultural and religious brainwashing that made this happen.
ParadiseLost (3 months ago)
I'm not gonna comment on the practice of circumcision, because I don't want a horde of whiny religious american snowflakes yelling at me. I'll just say that these people are pulling WAY too hard on the reins of the horses. They almost pull the bits out of their mouthes and you can see them being in pain and sticking their tounges out to relieve the pressure. Plus having them "dance" (it's called passage and piaffe) for hours on end is cruel.
HindsightPOV (3 months ago)
ParadiseLost I’m an American who hates cruelty towards animals but I think cutting the child’s genitals is even more wrong.
LAVISH JAX (3 months ago)
if this wouldve been female vices whole tone would shift lol background music would be on horror film lol
Der echte Daniele Pablo (3 months ago)
i wish my circumcision were been so glamorous..
XlifeD GT (3 months ago)
i live in indonesia and this is fucked up but i think this only happens in small village in the city this hardly ever happen............
Ryy Ku (3 months ago)
Wtf, why in the world would people dislike this video? Is it because they hate the idea of circumcision or they hate the video itself? For me, it’s the former. However I give this video a big thumbs up for highlighting and spreading more awareness on what is going on. Well filmed and kudos to VICE.
Ryy Ku (3 months ago)
HindsightPOV Thank you for your insight! I never saw it from such a perspective.
HindsightPOV (3 months ago)
Ryy Ku Vice has taken a clear stance that female circumcision is wrong. However, when it comes to male circumcision, Vice has taken the cowardly stance to be passive and accepting when the same is done to helpless innocent boys. They didn’t mention the horrible pain these boys were made to go through or how their penis was negatively and irrevocably affected by the genital cutting done to them as minors. This video didn’t raise awareness. It perpetuated the ignorance that’s used to justify male genital mutilation by highlighting the celebration that goes with it in Indonesian culture. Bad move.
Ryy Ku (3 months ago)
HindsightPOV No you don’t get it. I do not support circumcision, be it male or female. However, I appreciate the effort put in to make this video thus increasing awareness of this issue. That, is enough reason for me to give this video a thumbs up!
HindsightPOV (3 months ago)
Ryy Ku West, East, North, South, wherever. Many cultures in the world frown on female circumcision. Do you? If this Vice video was about celebrating female circumcision, would you find it odd that people disliked the video so you instead give it a thumbs up?
Ryy Ku (3 months ago)
HindsightPOV I’m not from the west btw.. Far from it
Dazai (3 months ago)
All this just to cut off some peepee meat
Hadi Purwanto (3 months ago)
Err ... 6 years old? Maybe Vice needs to look at other region as well before putting such controversially young age at display. In Central Java, average boy to be circumcised is 11 years old. That's because in 6 years old, male genitalia will be too small to be circumcised
taufik nur (3 months ago)
There is no problem with being circumcised even Indonesia now occupies the top 4 population in the world
wp r (3 months ago)
There is no problem convincing kids to get their genitals cut and going through life thinking it's normal and right to have partial genitals....
MJ (3 months ago)
12:10 How did that kid walk out of there without being in pain or crying? I was put under when I got circumcised...
DESPAIR (3 months ago)
Through the magic of editing. Or he's still doped out of his mind.
taufik nur (3 months ago)
Jesus was also circumcised
taufik nur (3 months ago)
do not be angry, I say according to the version of the Qur'an not bible, Jesus is not only in Christianity but in Muslims too for us he is a prophet not God
John Smith (3 months ago)
taufik nur yes he was crucified and was only circumcised because his parents were Jews, he later tells Jews who went to attack him that they are fake and the people of Satan. Learn the bible before you run your mouth. Filthy Muslim.
taufik nur (3 months ago)
+DESPAIR Jesus was never crucified, God will not allow his messenger to be despised
DESPAIR (3 months ago)
and crucified
B Wave (3 months ago)
If they’re gonna do it they should at least get it done when they are baby’s
wp r (3 months ago)
Better yet wait until they are adults.
FunnyWorld (3 months ago)
wao,, people in comment section don't care about bombing on innocent peoples but they are crazy just for pealing of pennis , why you cant just say you don't like other religion or culture, i know how much you care about humanity .MF darkweb is full of your innocent people where you rape toddlers children, and some of them have been died and many are now gays,. but you dont care because you want NEW WORLD ORDER
jennifer foulbrains (3 months ago)
So they celebrate removal of foreskin.....this video and the donkey fucking in Columbia are both on the same level.
Fools Gold Found (3 months ago)
Damn savages.
Finlay Haffenden (3 months ago)
Ok for fuck sake this is the third time in a row I have had a vice ad on a vice video

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