initiation rituals

Exposing a culture’s wounds

Milisuthando Bongela

It’s been fêted around the world, but Inxeba’s smashed stereotypes will cause a stir locally


​Inxeba: A moment of confrontation

Niza Jay

The film questions the idea of manhood in Xhosa culture through a relationship between three men.


​Actor Nakhane Touré fends off hate speech over controversial new film

Carl Collison

'The Wound' tackles the unspoken issue of sexuality and tradition in a film about Xhosa initiates.


​Torment for trans women ‘sent to the mountain’ to learn to be men

Carl Collison

It denies a transgender person her identity but refusing to go through a cultural rite of passage further alienates her.


[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

Mia Malan

At least 12 boys have died this month in botched traditional circumcisions. We look at what happens when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.