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Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mbuti boys endure rites of manhood alongside their peers. : Stock Photo
The nkumbi is a grueling initiation into manhood. During the nkumbi, boys about 9 to 12 years old are circumcised and then marched into the forest, where they spend several months hunting, fishing, dancing, and singing. Each morning the boys are whipped by their elders to instill toughness. When they're not singing, the boys are kept silent by clamping leaves in their mouths.

Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mbuti boys endure rites of manhood alongside their peers.

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The nkumbi is a grueling initiation into manhood. During the nkumbi, boys about 9 to 12 years old are circumcised and then marched into the forest, where they spend several months hunting, fishing, dancing, and singing. Each morning the boys are whipped by their elders to instill toughness. When they're not singing, the boys are kept silent by clamping leaves in their mouths.
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