initiation rituals

 
Exposing a culture’s wounds
Exposing a culture’s wounds
More than being just an expository foray into a culture’s sacred rites and rituals, award-winning South African film Inxeba — The...
​Inxeba: A moment of confrontation
​Inxeba: A moment of confrontation
South Africa has a long history of confrontation, from our struggle against apartheid to the recent fight for free and decolonised education. We...
​Actor Nakhane Touré fends off hate speech over controversial new film
​Actor Nakhane Touré fends off hate speech over controversial new film
For someone who has been on the receiving end of hate speech, Nakhane Touré is looking decidedly relaxed. It could be the familiarity of the...
​Torment for trans women ‘sent to the mountain’ to learn to be men
​Torment for trans women ‘sent to the mountain’ to learn to be men
“Wena moffie, why are you going to the mountain?” shouted the young men to Phiwe Ngcengi, a transgender woman, when news spread that she was...
Rip-off artists are the real threat to koma
Rip-off artists are the real threat to koma
I went through koma (circumcision) in 1957 at the age of 10. Fifty-eight years later, I still look back at the event with fondness and...
Man severely beaten for speaking out about his penis amputation
Man severely beaten for speaking out about his penis amputation
Three suspects are to appear in the Flagstaff magistrate's court on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old man from Pondoland in the...
[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood
[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood
It was day 25 and Xhobiso Pungulwa* (18) slowly pushed himself up in his bed. He asked a nurse for a plastic Ziploc bag, the transparent type used...
Circumcision: No harm in asking the question
Circumcision: No harm in asking the question
To say that there was an outcry when the Mail & Guardian asked readers if they would be willing to share their initiation...
PrePex will save many lives in SA - with traditional leaders' help
PrePex will save many lives in SA - with traditional leaders' help
The health department plans to have "formal talks" with traditional leaders about the possibility of introducing a new nonsurgical device...
Parliament to probe initiation deaths
Parliament to probe initiation deaths
"The speaker of the National Assembly has agreed to chief whip Dr Mathole Motshekga's request that Parliament conduct a debate on the
[Slideshow]A cut above: Initiation done right
[Slideshow]A cut above: Initiation done right
This year's circumcision season is one of the deadliest. The M&G visits an initiation school which follows strict precautions and has no fatalities.
Suffer the sense of belonging
Suffer the sense of belonging
Earlier this month there were reports about a teenage boy who was tricked into drinking alcohol until he passed out and, while he was unconscious,...

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