The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best know for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa live far from the modern world, deep in the Transkei region in 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. ph. Brent Stirton
Africa | Image taken from the publication "Red Blanket Valley" by Joan Broster. Published 1967 || Red Blanket Valley is an eye-witness account of life on an isolated trading station in the Transkei, where for 14 years Joan Broster lived with her husband. Mention is made of the Amaqwathi, Baca, Basuto, Bomvana, Fingo, Gcaleka, Hlangwini, Hlubi, Pondo, Pondomise, Tembu and the Xesibe. It also offers a great introduction to the Xhosa and their beadwork.