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Rites of Passage Photograph by Randy Olson
Their faces full of fear, Mbuti boys wait in turn to be whipped during the nkumbi, a grueling initiation into manhood. During the nkumbi, boys about 9 to 12 years old are circumcised and then marched into the forest, where they spend several months hunting, fishing, dancing, and singing. Each morning the boys are whipped by their elders to instill toughness. When they're not singing, the boys are kept silent by clamping leaves in their mouths.
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II Film Type: Digital Lens: 68mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded Time of Day: 2:21 p.m. Lighting Techniques: Natural light