"The tribe of the leaves women", also called Komas In Cameroon In February, 2007- : News Photo
"The tribe of the leaves women", also called Komas In Cameroon In February, 2007- : News Photo
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"The tribe of the leaves women", also called Komas In Cameroon In February, 2007-

CAMEROON - FEBRUARY 01: "The tribe of the leaves women", also called Komas In Cameroon In February, 2007-Between 10 or 12 years old, young boys have to pass the circumcision test. Young Kaissina is escorted outside the village with the two sorcerers and the chief. The place where the circumcision will be happen is hold secret and is located at many kilometers from the village. Sorcerer Dairou practising circumcision with a special blade only used for the ceremony. Kaissina is circumcionned rawly, but has to unreact to the pain. The young boy penis is then shrouded in a leaf wich medicinal vertues. Kaissina is dressed with a rope of leafs symbol of his vertue. Chief Walwadou threats Kaissina with his bow in order to prevent him to tell the ceremony details to his mother or any other woman of the village. Kaissina is leaded in a place far from the village, where he'll have to stay for three months, time for healing of the circumcision. An adult will keep a watch on him during the whole time. (Photo by Franck RIBAS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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Credit:Franck RIBAS / Contributor
Editorial #:113964711
Collection:Gamma-Rapho
Date created:February 01, 2007
License type:Rights-managed
Release info:Not released. More information
Source:Gamma-Rapho
Object name:GAS2048502_014
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