Photo by James Nachtwey, South Africa, 1992 - Xhosa young men in rite of passage.

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Outside Qunu, Eastern Cape province: Cattle graze in the fields below the Nelson Mandela Museum. They are watched by Vuyani Sidubule, dressed to show he is currently undergoing his manhood initiation. Mandela grew up and went to school in the village of Qunu. This land still belongs to the Mandela clan. read on.....

Outside Qunu, Eastern Cape province: Cattle graze in the fields below the Nelson Mandela Museum. They are watched by Vuyani Sidubule, dressed to show he is currently undergoing his manhood initiation. Mandela grew up and went to school in the village of Qunu. This land still belongs to the Mandela clan. read on.....

Africa | "Bomvana Initiates" South Africa. 1930 | ©A.M Duggan-Cronin

Encounters with the African Archive: Duggan-Cronin, Bomvana Initiates, South Africa,

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Xhosa teens, initiated into manhood in a centuries-old circumcision ritual called ulwaluko, stay in seclusion outside their Eastern Cape village, wrapped in ceremonial blankets and painted with white clay for purification. Photo by Brett Stirton

Xhosa boy in initiation period, Coffee Bay, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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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,"

RITE OF PASSAGE: Boys from the Xhosa tribe underwent circumcision Sunday near Qunu, South Africa, where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela grew up.

Xhosa initiation school clothing

Xhosa initiation school clothing

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