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Harley Dude
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Cherokee Right of Passage

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian
youth's rite of passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds
him and leaves him alone.

He is required to sit on a stump the whole night
and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the
morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out
for help to anyone. Once he survives the night,
he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this
experience, because each lad must come into
manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all
kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all
around him. Maybe even some human might do him
harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and
shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing
the blindfold. It would be the only way he could
become a man.!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared
and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he
discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.
He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his
son from harm
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