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Order of the Sword

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Merced

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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Banging

In order for a Pee Wee or young would-be gang member to be a
a full fledged gang member he must go through a gauntlet of
initiated gang members where the young person is beat the
entire length of the gauntlet and in extreme circumstances a limb,
either an arm or a leg is broken in order to prove their
worthiness and machoism to be in the gang.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Merced

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

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In order for a pee-wee or a young would-be gang member to be a
full-fledged gang member he must go through a gauntlet of
initiated gang members where the young person is beat the entire
length of the gauntlet and in extreme circumstances a limb, either
an arm or leg is broken in order to prove their worthiness and
machoism to be in the gang.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Merced

Keyword(s): RITUAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

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This is a military rite where the commander of a unit upon his
departure from that unit is given a sword by his most trusted non-
commissioned officers for the leadership and command
responsibility he exhibited while he was in command of that
particular unit during a dinner or gathering in that commander's
honor.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Merced

Keyword(s): RITUAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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The Kwanza Celebration is a festival for African - Americans
that takes the place of Christmas, where festivities are performed
for seven days and each day reflects on African - American culture
Each evening one of seven candles are lit and that principle for
the day is discussed. The last day comprises a large meal and
small exchange of gifts.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Merced

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

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The dap was a custom originated by African - American
servicemen who served during the Vietnam conflict. It comprised a
series of handshakes or gyrations made during handshakes to show
the unity of black soldiers. It was broken into either short or
long time daps according to how much time the participating
soldiers had available to them.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Merced ; Castle AFB

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Gesture

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There is a tradition among Air Force pilots that they perform
a flyby to celebrate a kill during aerial combat. Upon shooting
down a plane where the enemy breaks off the engagement, the pilot
returns to base where he buzzes the airfield and produces a sonic
boom before he lands the plane.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Merced

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

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