Pains of Manhood

This Southern African (khweta) ceremony is practiced by several tribes and is how a young boy proves his manhood. When they are of age, boys are sent to spend several days or weeks in a circumcision lodge during winter, where they’re put through rigorous and often dangerous tests and rituals such as continuous dancing until exhaustion, and circumcision.

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Making of a man.. Umkhwetha, a Xhosa initiate into manhood.. Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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