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THE CEREMONY OF CIRCUMCISION PRESENTING

IN COLOUR SLIDES THE STORY OF THE
ABAKWETHA

In the Xhosa Language, aba means a group, while kwetha meats to learn, hence the word “Abakwetha”, meaning a group learning. What are they learning? To become men through circumcision. Five youths at a time are circumcised, ages 17 to 20 years The group of five live together in a specially constructed hut (sutu), which becomes their home for three months while they undergo the transformation from youth to manhood.

 

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Before circumcision young men wear “Gourds” (calabashes) over private parts. Like this considered fully dressed even in front of women.

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