Triumph as initiates return home safely

Posted: 19/02/2015 in General
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RIGHT OF PASSAGE: Those who were once boys now men following successful initiation. Picture by Sifiso Jimta.

RIGHT OF PASSAGE: Those who were once boys now men following successful initiation. Picture by Sifiso Jimta.

By Sifiso Jimta

SEBOKENG – Jubilation and tears of joy written on the faces of parents as graduates who recently came from the local initiation school return home safe.

As woman ululated, men broke in traditional Sesotho songs celebrating the circumcision of their sons as they took a leap from childhood to manhood.

It was a month back when these young males left their homes bravely with the idea of becoming men now it is all a dream come true. Residents of Sebokeng came in their large numbers to observe the ritual, woman joined by neighbours and other relatives screamed the names of their sons as they showcase and define themselves in a manner they were taught, the crowd unable to contain their joy while these your men walked bare foot, donning decorated blankets and animal skin covered with red clay.

The return of the initiates was a relief for other parents, Nomalanga Mokoena said, “We always hear stories about initiates dying in the camps not knowing what went wrong; I am just relieved to see all of the initiates back home safe and sound.”

Mixed emotions prevailed as some members of the society were not happy with return of the initiates claiming they bring controversy in the community and barricaded roads when they accompany each other home.

Edited by Reginald Nhlapo

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