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In New Guinea, it is customary to take young boys away from
their parents for a couple of days to be initiated into
manhood. Ashes are used to cover the young boy's face and body
and a fire dance and prayer are conducted. The ashes
represent the death of the young boy. The young men are now
returned back to their parents.

Submitter comment: Robert spoke of this custom when he got back from Africa.
His gestures were mostly hands describing the way the
natives were conducting the ceremony.

Where learned: Africa

Keyword(s): Trial, Growing-up.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00-00-1949

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LIVING CUSTOMS OF EAST AFRICA

IN EAST AFRICA, CHILDREN ARE NEVER ALLOWED TO LEAVE
HOME UNTIL THEY ARE MARRIED. IN THE CASE OF BOYS, THEY
USUALLY BRING THEIR BRIDE HOME TO LIVE TOGETHER WITH
HIS PARENTS.

Submitter comment: AS TOLD TO ME BY MISS HAJI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Africa

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 01-02-1970

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