1 Baptism In Urine (Hells Angels)
One of the most popular gangs of all times, Hells Angels have had their fair share of encounters with crime and violence which have contributed to their status as a top gang.
Hunter S. Thompson became a member of that gang for a year to know more about their customs and rituals. He was shocked to find several horrifying rituals that these members follow. Unfortunately, he couldn’t continue his research after a few members stomped him.
Their initiation ritual to welcome a new member is a strange one a bucket full of dung and urine is collected and then poured over the newcomers head in the form of baptism. Also, they are encouraged not to wash these clothes.
2 Consuming blood (Traditional Chinese Triad)
They are the primary gangs in China, and they also have members in Macau and Hong Kong. Their initiation tradition used to be quite extensive requiring several sacred items and a lot of space. However, they had to face security problems in the recent past, forcing them to change their rules a little bit. They have kept the most important part of the ceremony intact though.
The new member will have to drink a potion containing his plasma as well as the blood of other new members. Also, they need to memorize all the Triad poems and recite them properly which is supposed to build their identity in the gang.
This ritual is known as bombarding Master Handan, and was popular in the Taiwanese Lantern Festival. Firecrackers were thrown at a shirtless man who used to represent Master Handan, the god of wealth. According to the citizens, this ritual brought them good fortune and wealth.
The gangs in Taitung decided to use this ritual to choose their leader during the 1970s. Firecrackers were thrown at a selected group of people and whoever survived the longest was chosen the leader. Police decided to ban this in 1984. However, the ritual returned; although this time, owners of various industries used to throw firecrackers on Master Handan to bring them wealth.
This gang originated in the Rikers Island prison in 1993. Its founders are Deadeye and OG Mack. They spread quickly and soon became one of the largest gangs in New York, consisting of over 500 members.
Their initiation ritual involves the newcomer to blood in to prove his loyalty. The newcomer literally has to take blood from an inmate by cutting his face with a box cutter. The members yell 013 when they sense an opportunity to signal the new member to perform his tasks.