Africa | Be it a bottle, a basket or a barrel, Xhosa women carry most goods on their heads. Eastern Cape - Transkei. South Africa. | Lister Haig Hunter.

Be it a bottle, a basket or a barrel, women of the Xhosa tribe carry most goods on their heads.

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

Credit: Brent Stirton The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best known for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa li.

Africa |  Nelson Mandela wears traditional Xhosa attire during part of his campaign tour, 1994.  Eastern Cape, South Africa | ©Greg Marinovich

Eastern Cape, South Africa Nelson Mandela wears traditional Xhosa attire during part of his campaign tour, 1994

Xhosa huts at the Lesedi Cultural Village.  The Xhosa nation used to build bee-hive shaped huts made of grass, similar to that of the Zulu nation, but with the influence of the early Europeans the huts changed to more permanent conical roofed huts with mud walls. The walls are decorated with whitewash and colorful natural paints.

Xhosa huts at the Lesedi Cultural Village. The Xhosa nation used to build…

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Andrew Putter's "Native Work": Striking portraits of contemporary black Capetonians in traditional garb alongside portraits of the same individuals dressed in their everyday modern clothing.

Africa | A Xhosa woman smoking her traditional Xhosa pipe. Eastern Cape - Transkei. South Africa. | Lister Haig Hunter.

Xhosa woman smoking her traditional Xhosa pipe, Eastern Cape, Transkei, South Africa

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