Photograph by Yulia Rubtsova, ITAR-TASS/Alamy

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Young men in Russia, like those pictured above, have long been taught traditional methods of fighting—but did Bronze Age initiation rites for boys 'destined' to become warriors involve animal sacrifice?

Photograph by Yulia Rubtsova, ITAR-TASS/Alamy

Boys Killed Pets to Become Warriors in Early Russia

In Russia, dismembered dogs point to ancient initiation rite.