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10 of the Most Terrifying Gang Initiation Rituals

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For a certain type of person, being in a gang is so alluring. Maybe it’s money, the power, or the sense of belonging, but it’s not joke. Glamourized in so many Hollywood films, the real world of gang life is much seedier than those drug dealing millionaires who jet around the world with hot models. Real life gangs are so much different. Besides giving loyalty, respect and your entire life to the whims of a gang, you have to pay a price to join. And it’s a lot more than what frat bros do for pledges.

While there are some secret organizations that must have horrifying initiations, they are so secretive that we can only fathom what they get up to. But we’ve compiled a list of known gang initiations that will scare your kids straight.

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You’ll be thankful you grew up to be a good person

Drinking blood

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You have no doubt heard about the hardcore Triad, who basically rule the entire underground world in China. The Triad has elaborate initiation tasks including memorizing poems. One of the most revolting ones is drinking human blood — that of other recruits mixed with your own.

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The Latin Kings, which started way back in the ’40s, is one of America’s most notorious and widespread gangs. It’s said that these guys are so hard core, it’s beyond drugs and guns: they consort with popular terrorist groups, stealing military weapons, and even the cannibalism of a disobedient member.

One of their rituals include a rival gang, The Gangster Disciples. Part of the initiation for new Latin King gangsters involves hunting down members of the Gangster Disciples by flashing their “GD” hand signal. Whoever responds to the hand sign is automatically targeted for a drive-by shooting and the new recruit is expected to participate in the kill.

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