Ever since the world began, the idea of a gang has been in existence. People of seemingly like minds and identifying features come together for a particular purpose.
These gangs have become a part of the growing society. To increase their membership, gang members approach helpless kids who are going through unstable family issues and present them with the offer of being a part of a family who would look out for them and see them as sworn brothers and sisters.
To these innocent youths, the gang offers strength, happiness, peace of mind, love, care and all they have never gotten from their immediate family members.
While this idea of helping people to avoid depression and giving them a sense of belonging is a commendable act, most gangs do not stay true to their purpose.
Instead, they bring in these young minds, brainwash them and get them involved in various crimes. Often, the gang leader takes advantage of these young children by letting them become pawns in difficult times.
Every gang is known for an idea, an identity that defines who they are, the idea behind the illegal things they do, and what they stand for. Amongst other things, the initiation process is one of the essential phases for every prospective member of a gang.
This initiation, most times, involve physical abuse, harassment, and severe humiliation. In some other widespread instances, it becomes unbearable for prospective members as they end up getting involved in acts as gruesome as murder. This initiation process is undoubtedly different from the college hazing you are used to; it’s unusual and disturbing!
Out of the several numbers of gangs in the world, here are 10 gangs that involve youths in initiation rituals that will send shivers down your spine.
10 Knight Templar
Knight Templar, also known as the Guard of Michoacán, is a Mexican based drug cartel gang that sees loyalty as the most significant bond that keeps anyone to any person. The Knights Templar cartel was established on a strict ethical code that was developed by La Tuta.
This code mandates members of The Knights Templar to help the poor and helpless, respect women and children, fight against materialism, not kill for money, and not use drugs. Members of this gang were often subjected to drug testing.
Despite their Robin Hood-like code, the initiation ritual of the Knights Templar can be considered as one of the most extreme of all gang initiation rituals. Prospective members are usually required to eat the heart of a human in the presence of other gang members.
Interestingly, members of this gang have profound respect for the pope despite their uncouth mode of operation. They demonstrated this when Pope Benedict XVI visited the Mexican state of Guanajuato on 23 March 2012.
Before his visit, the Knights Templar Cartel allegedly put up 14 banners on bridges of the Yuriria, Moroleón, León, Irapuato, San Miguel de Allende, Salamanca, and Uriangato, municipalities of Guanajuato, pledging to not engage in any violent acts during the pope’s visit. The banners read the following:
“The Knights Templar Cartel will not partake in any warlike acts; we are not killers, welcome Pope.”