Rihanna at a press conference came out to say that she supports her people's cultural rituals and is petitioning the government for a Sambia awareness day on the Calander.
Rihanna said, "I was intrigued by the rite of passage into manhood which the Sambia practice."
Rihanna said the Sambia are a proud people with ancient traditions and those traditions represent the black community as a whole because it is from those ancient roots that her people derive their strength from.
The Sambia are a former war-like tribe that used an ingenious way of reducing conflicts among themselves. In a sort of cultural exchange they reduced their aggression by acts of initiation performed by certain members of oppossing war-like tribes. This created a community bond between the tribes. Trust and friendship was achieved by this ritual performance.
Gilbert Herdt, a famous anthropologist studied the Sambia and documented their practices.
The Sambia believe that every man is a warrior at heart. They separate boys from their village. These boys lead a ritual life for the next 10 years. Some scholars see the rite of passage for boys as resembling those of the Spartans, another war like society that brought up young men in a distinct society different from that of females.
The Sambia believe that the spirit of man was in physical form inside of a man's body, is all important to human life, is in short supply, and must therefore be circulated very carefully.
They live in an isolated highly forested area on the edge of the Highlands. They live in patrilineally organized small villages and clusters of villages, with headmen but no strong political leaders.
In the rite to passage, boys are taken to a men's house in the village, where they will live for the next ten or so years of their lives. In their first three or four years in this house, mature men start teaching them men's ritual secrets, and they introduce them to the key act by which they are given what they need to mature.
Rihanna said, "Sambia society was ahead of its time and I believe it is the concepts of their society that has fashioned our modern day concepts of what is political correct."
Rihanna's hopes are that Sambia culture will one day be accepted in American society, free of racial bias.