In some parts of the world ancient and creepy traditions are still kept by the people. Find out about the “cleaning” the “hyena” men do to young girls in Malawi. It’s a shock.
These men live in every village. They get paid for a very odd job. They are responsible for the “sexual cleansing” of women. It may seem as if they had a dream job, but in reality, what they do is horrible.
All the girls in the rural area of Nsanje are made to have physical intercourse with the so-called hyena men. As soon as the girl starts menstruating, they call this man to “cleanse” her. During the first three days these girls “pass” from girlhood to womanhood with the aid of the hyena men.
The majority of women they sleep with are teenage girls. However, if a husband of a woman dies, they also call him to “cleanse” her before the burial. People in these villages believe that if such a thing is not done to a girl or a woman, some evil may befall their families or the whole settlement.
Here is what one of the hyena men has to say:
"Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older. All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman."
However, many girls hate the ritual. They do it for the sake of their families to avoid trouble. One girl says this:
"There was nothing else I could have done. I had to do it for the sake of my parents. If I'd refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases - even death - so I was scared."
As you see, they honestly believe the evil would befall their loved ones if they stay virgin and do not do the “cleansing”. However, such a ritual is not only abominable but is dangerous, too. Instead of “cleansing” the hyena men become the source of STDs for the young women in Malawi. Every such teenager faces the risks of having HIV. The risk rate is over 80 percent.
The men get up to 7 US dollars per each “cleansing” act they perform on women. Annually elderly women gather young ones and teach them how to handle husbands and please them in bed. Such “camps” end up by the hyena men visits and mass defloration.
One of the men that do the job admitted he was actually HIV positive, but he does not tell the girls’ parents about it. Some people in the region gain the understanding of the harm and absurdity of such a ritual, and they start fighting to stop it.