Mandinko Initiation: The Making of an Urban Locality

Ferdinand de Jong

in Masquerades of Modernity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748633197
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670642 | DOI:
Mandinko Initiation: The Making of an Urban Locality

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This chapter describes the trajectory of the urban rite of passage for boys, usually referred to as the ‘Mandinko circumcision’. It analyzes its introduction in Ziguinchor and the various historical transformations it has been subject to in order to demonstrate how the performance, at different moments in the twentieth century, produced different senses of locality.

Keywords: rite of passage; Mandinko circumcision; Ziguinchor; locality

Chapter.  13350 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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