Turkana Atapan initiation ceremony

Turkana Atapan initiation ceremony

Ritual dance from the Atapan (or Sapana) initiation ceremony for men, where boys are admitted into adulthood and thereby become full members of the tribe. The ceremony also marks their eligibility for marriage, although that will depend on how much wealth (cattle) he acquires.

Credit: photo scanned from a series of slides produced by KAS-Co (Nairobi, Kenya).

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