Photo 61 – UBB-HAA-330

Drumming, singing, and dancing are important events connected with circumcision (Fur: “dogola kandi”, Arabic: “tahura”). Note the man dressed as a woman to the left of the drummers. He is a male relative of a boy to be circumcised. Also note the women with sticks and sometimes weapons ordinarily carried by men. A characteristic feature of circumcision rituals is that many participants are using cultural elements associated with the opposite gender.

Jebel Si area, Northern Darfur.

Photo: Gunnar Haaland, 1969

Photo 61 - UBB-HAA-00330