Massai boys becoming men. 201208

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They went through the same old rite:

Once every second year all Massai boys (aged 13 - 18 years) go through circumcision. Without anaesthetic. Screaming or weeping they have to avoid, put him and his family to shame.

After that they have to stay alone for 4 weeks, far away from their village and family. Coming back, their fathers will give them some head of cattle. Now they are marriageable.

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Dida from Augsburg on September 24, 2012

...zu der Geschichte passt das etwas "unheimliche" Foto sehr gut! Hätt´ ich vor einer halben Stunde sehen müssen, als mein "Junior" furchtbar "gejammert" hat, weil er `ne Blase am Fuß hat! ;-D

LG, Dida

Heidiho on September 24, 2012

Ja, ja, das sind wir Wohlstandsbürger: Jammern auf hohem Niveau. Allüberall...

Diane on September 25, 2012

Traveling in Africa changes you forever, doesn't it? I would like to send all American children (including my own grandchildren) to an African country for a few months!

Diane on September 25, 2012

Like this series, Heidiho.

Heidiho on September 25, 2012

Diane,.... not only the kids.... !

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  • Uploaded on September 22, 2012
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    by Heidiho
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