Jola Initiations, Gendered Localities

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:
Jola Initiations, Gendered Localities

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This chapter describes the male and female initiation ceremonies as performed in Thionck Essyl, a Jola town in the Boulouf region. These two performances are contrasted to reveal that they accomplish different transitions in the participants. Remarkably, the Jola male and female initiations do not produce complementary, gendered subjectivities, but in fact engender antagonistic subjectivities.

Keywords: initiation ceremonies; male initiation; female initiation; Thionck Essyl; Boulouf region; antagonistic subjectivities

Chapter.  12701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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