While they wear the gloves the tribal Medicine Man leads them in a special dance to distract from the pain of the bullet ants

While they wear the gloves the tribal Medicine Man leads them in a special dance to distract from the pain of the bullet ants. The sting of a bullet ant is about thirty-times more painful than that of a bee and these gloves have dozens of ants in them. When they sting you, their venom attacks our nerves, causing terrible pain and even paralysis. The tribe chief says that this ceremony is meant to show the men that a life lived “without suffering anything or without any kind of effort” isn’t worth anything. The chief feels that this tradition doesn’t just mark their entrance into adulthood, but it also makes them better men.