August 14, 2020

Manhood must wait: virus delays South African circumcision rituals

Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) – South African 17-year-old Sinoyolo was looking forward to becoming a “man” this year.His uncle had made arrangements for him to travel to the mountains overlooking the South African city of Port Elizabeth in December for his initiation.Known in the local Xhosa language as “Ukwaluko”, the secretive rite of passage marks a boy’s transition into adulthood.Every June and December thousands of initiates between 15 and 17 years old spend at least three weeks secluded in the bush, where they are circumcised and taught to be responsible men.But this year, for the …


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