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Title:Regenerating Sukur: male initiation in the Mandara Mountains
Editor:David, NicISNI
City of publisher:Calgary
Publisher:University of Calgary
Geographic term:Nigeria
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External link:https://youtu.be/m8i5NZA2Y48
Abstract:A group of male youths of Sukur, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, in the Mandara mountains of Nigeria are initiated into manhood. The suite of associated ceremonies take place every two years and comprise the classic van Gennep phases of separation, retreat and reintegration into society. In the first, while others engage in the hardest labour of the agricultural season, the young men, covered in red ochre, wander, play flutes and compete with each other. In the second, after a fight that expresses long standing political tensions, and after being blessed in the presence of the chief, they spend some days on a rocky hill under their own governance. In the third, they don traditional costume and are introduced to important spirits before being reintegrated into society as men. The last and most splendid of a set of communal dances follows, and on the next day the new men are entertained by the chief. In contrast to inheritance, which is patrilineal, in this ceremonial sequence it is links with mothers and maternal kin that receive the greater symbolic emphasis.