Cacophony of cultural pride

Today officially started off the several month-long circumcision parades in town…

The villagers are covered in ash, dressed in plantain leaves, drumming and ululating in droves

Culturally, the Bagishu men who live in the districts of Bududa, Mbale, Sironko and Manafwa among others are supposed to undergo circumcision as a way of turning boys into men.

Unlike medical circumcision, cultural circumcision for the Gishu dictates that the one to be circumcised needs to feel it as it is happening and is not supposed to cry or cringe away from the pain. If this happens, then, one is deemed a man. Circumcision is not always performed with sterile knives. Mostly,  but not always are they consensual. Female circumcision has been banned from these regions. Rumor has it the boy is covered in white flour for three days after the ritual is performed, he then enters manhood. Healing takes 4-6 weeks, providing there are no complications.

Last day in Wanale

After a long day in Wanale, we arrived home just in time for the festivities-Doctor Sabiti and I ran down the drive to capture on film
After seeing what women go through in this country, you might dance a little for circumcision

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4 responses to “Cacophony of cultural pride

  1. MamaLlama

    wonderful blog. Crisp,clear, fluid, informative, and the photos are amazing. What a good eye for the camera.

  2. bryte

    LOVE the final sentiment and picture of you!

  3. Solar

    My penis hurts just reading this.

  4. Maxime

    Mel Do you get a chance to go to the super market? If so and if you don’t find it embarrassing, could you take photos of what’s on the shelves? I love to visit super markets in foreign countries, I find them way more telling than museums. Thanks for sharing your voyage with us, what a trip!!!
    Love, Maxime

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