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An unidentified Xhosa boy keep warm at a fire as he is going trough a traditional manhood ceremony on July 11, 2001 in Mdantsane, in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. The ceremony lasts for about six weeks starting with a circumcision. The wound has to be healed in a natural way, and traditional healers and elders guide the boys during the ceremony, which is to prepare them for adulthood. Former South African president Nelson Mandela went trough the ceremony when he was young. (Photo by: Per-Anders Pettersson)