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Ferdinand de Jong

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633197

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633197.001.0001

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Mandinko Initiation: The Making of an Urban Locality

Mandinko Initiation: The Making of an Urban Locality

(p.97) 5 Mandinko Initiation: The Making of an Urban Locality
Masquerades of Modernity

Ferdinand de Jong

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes the trajectory of the urban rite of passage for boys, usually referred to as the ‘Mandinko circumcision’. It analyzes its introduction in Ziguinchor and the various historical transformations it has been subject to in order to demonstrate how the performance, at different moments in the twentieth century, produced different senses of locality.

Keywords:   rite of passage, Mandinko circumcision, Ziguinchor, locality

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