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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

Portraits of adventure

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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Hundreds of stories, life, death, sorrow, celebration and everything else she has seen and experienced.

Hundreds of stories, life, death, sorrow, celebration and everything else she has seen and experienced.

South Africa, The Xhosa - Nicole Westbrook - Canada

South Africa, The Xhosa - Nicole Westbrook - Canada

Nongqawuse was the Xhosa prophetess whose prophecies led to a millennialist movement that culminated in the Xhosa cattle-killing crisis of 1856–1857, in what is now the Eastern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa.advisor of zaka zulu

Nongqawuse was the Xhosa prophetess whose prophecies led to a millennialist movement that culminated in the Xhosa cattle-killing crisis of 1856–1857, in what is now the Eastern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa.advisor of zaka zulu

Africa | Mpondo Bride's ensemble consisting of 51 pieces | ca. 1950s | cotton, glass, plastic, metal, rubber, wood, bone and wood

Africa | Mpondo Bride's ensemble consisting of 51 pieces | ca. 1950s | cotton, glass, plastic, metal, rubber, wood, bone and wood

Africa | A Xhosa woman smokes her pipe.  South Africa || Postcard; publisher Protea Colours.  No 896

Africa | A Xhosa woman smokes her pipe. South Africa || Postcard; publisher Protea Colours. No 896

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