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dicuinit00002 Culture Initiation. A Xhosa boy going trough the traditional manhood ceremony in Tshatshu, South Africa. They covering themselves with clay..The ceremony last for about 3-7 weeks depending on the time the boy has. It starts with a circumsision and the wounds has to be healed in a natural way. They are guided by traditional healers and elders during the ceremony. Former president Nelson Mandela did this ceremoni when he was 18 years old..©Per-Anders Pettersson/iAfrika Photos