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n South African Journal of Cultural History - The African tradition of initiation and circumcision : a curse or cure in South Africa?

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-0745
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Abstract


Tradisionele gebruikte soos inisiasie en besnydenis weerspieël die norme en gewoontes van gemeenskappe wat oor geslagte strek. Elke sosiale groepering in die wêreld het spesifieke kulturele norme en gewoontes. Suid-Afrikaanse gemeenskappe is geen uitsondering nie. In Suid-Afrika is tradisionele gebruike soos inisiasie en besnydenis reeds deur ons voorvaders beoefen, en is dit deur die eeue van geslag tot geslag oorgedra. Eerstens handel die artikel oor sowel die omstredenheid rondom die belangrikheid van inisiasie en besnyding in Suid-Afrika, as die toekoms van die tradisie. Tweedens word gefokus op die mate waartoe hierdie tradisie as 'n belangrike aspek van die Afrika-kultuur bewaar en beskerm behoort te word. Die artikel wys ook op die verskillende sienings van die onderskeie rolspelers in die wenslikheid van die voortbestaan van die tradisie, in die lig van die hoë syfer inisiasie-sterftes in besnydenisskole.

Traditional cultural practices like initiation and circumcision reflect values and beliefs held by members of a community for periods often spanning generations. Every social grouping in the world has specific traditional cultural practices and beliefs. South African communities are no different in this respect. In South Africa, traditional practices such as initiation and circumcision have been practised by our ancestors since time immemorial and were passed on from one generation to the next. Firstly, this article addresses the controversy surrounding the importance of initiation and circumcision in South Africa and the prospects for this tradition. Secondly, it focuses on the extent to which this tradition can be preserved and protected as an important element of African culture. The article also looks at different perspectives on the continuation of this tradition, taking into account the high number of deaths in the circumcision schools.

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