"Before his first entry into the forest, the initiate is washed by a group of women serving as ritual aunts, who also rub him with palm oil and braid his hair with feathers from sacrificed chickens. Once the feathers are put in place, the boy behaves as if he recognizes no one."


  • Title: Bassari Initiate
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1995
  • Location: Senegal
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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