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“Let Women Lead Initiation Debate” by Mthetho Tshemese

Ulwaluko, the ritual of amaXhosa through which boys are made into men, has come under considerable scrutiny in the last number of years.

Each year around June and December scores of boys and men die or get injured during initiation. The traditional leaders as well as politicians who may be in a position to act seemed to be unwilling to intervene or at a loss what to do to prevent the cultural damage, individual injury and death, and pain and suffering to families.

In this sensitively crafted piece, clinical psychologist and ulwaluko researcher Mthetho Tshemese speaks on the sense of pride, family honour and joy when initiates return alive and uninjured from the manhood school of the Xhosa, but also the injuries, shame, pain, and death that have come to characterise the ritual of ulwaluko.

Mthetho Tshemese, clinical psychologist and ulwaluko

Mthetho Tshemese, clinical psychologist and ulwaluko

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One thought on ““Let Women Lead Initiation Debate” by Mthetho Tshemese

  1. I suggest that we should form campaigns that oppose traditional circumcision and promote the male medical one … this traditional circumcision its something of the past and is no longer working ….. it should just be stopped ……..

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