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Photographer: Brent Stirton.  The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best known for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa live far from the modern world, deep in the Transkei region on the country’s Eastern Cape. This picture captures the most important adventure in these boys’ lives – their initiation into manhood, which involves five weeks of isolation
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Africa | Xhosa man. Transkei, South Africa. 1967 - 1976 | ©Digital Library University of Wisconsin--Madison. African Studies Program. Photographer Harold E Scheub

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Africa | Xhosa man. Transkei, South Africa. 1967 - 1976 | ©Digital Library University of Wisconsin--Madison. African Studies Program. Photographer Harold E Scheub

Geometric knits by Ngxokolo. The coming of age of young men in the Xhosa culture is marked by traditional events to which boys wear geometric knitwear. Ngxokolo has created an award winning collection of knits inspired by traditional Xhosa beadwork.
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Africa | Xhosa Initiate with Painted Face.  South Africa | ©Roger De La Harpe

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Boys from Xhosa tribe who have just participated in a circumcision ceremony.   The Xhosa initiation into manhood includes a period of seclusion, an ascetic diet, education and the circumcision ritual --which is followed by feasting. "During the whole experience you are in an unknown state, you are not a boy, not a man,"
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Boys from South Africa's Xhosa tribe who have just participated in a circumcision ceremony sit outside near Qunu on June 30. It's a traditional rite of passage that the country's former president, Nelson Mandela, also underwent in the same village in…

Xhosa Initiation by Louis Kleynhans on 500px

Xhosa Initiation by Louis Kleynhans on 500px

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Per-Anders Pettersson's best photograph: Xhosa manhood ceremony From the website of The Guardian

Per-Anders Pettersson's best photograph: Xhosa manhood ceremony

'He has just been through a manhood ceremony. Animals have been killed for his homecoming'

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WPP, 2002, Brent Stirton, 2nd prize, Portraits stories. January 1-5. Boys belonging to the Xhosa ethnic group in South Africa are expected to undergo a circumcision ritual to mark the transition to manhood.

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Design Indaba | A better world through creativity | Laduma Ngxokolo incorporates traditional Xhosa beadwork designs into his range of wool and mohair garments for men.
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Laduma Ngxokolo on his Xhosa fashion line | Design Indaba

Laduma Ngxokolo incorporates traditional Xhosa beadwork designs into his range of wool and mohair garments for men.

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