New series. How the world's most spectacular and extreme rituals bind people together at the most important, dramatic and emotional moments in their lives. This opening programme features ceremonies to mark birth, marriage and death, visiting the Brazilian rainforest, where the family of a woman perform rituals to protect her new-born son - bathing him with medicinal plants, piercing his ears to open his senses to the world, and painting him with the dye of a jenipapo fruit to express their love. Plus, a brutal coming-of-age in Papua New Guinea, dating rituals in China, and a huge Indonesian funeral that costs £170,000. Narrated by Simon Reeve.