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Mbuti Pygmies
SEPTEMBER 2005
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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.

Photo Fast Facts
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

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