initiation schools

Usable traditions: The queering of Xhosa men’s initiation

Gcobani Qambela

Initiation practices might offer a moment of self-discovery for queer Xhosa men


Exposing a culture’s wounds

Milisuthando Bongela

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


Chiefs: 'No initiate will die this season'

Ina Skosana

Traditional leaders believe new government rules will prevent young men from dying this winter.


Rip-off artists are the real threat to koma

Mosibudi Mangena

This sacred community ritual has been subverted and sullied by predatory and deadly opportunists.


[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

Mia Malan

As initiation season approaches, we look at what happens when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.