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dicuinit00028 Culture Initiation Xhosa boyy going trough the traditional manhood ceremony in Tshatshu, South Africa. An old tradition in making men out of boys in the Xhosa culture. These boys have been circumsised a week earlier. The first weeks is critical because of infections. Some initiates get severe wounds, and some even lose their penis in the hospitals..The ceremony last for about 3-7 weeks, where they stay in huts in the bush removed from family and normal life. 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..©Per-Anders Pettersson/iAfrika Photos
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