The Life of a Krwala
A Xhosa male is not considered to be a man until he has been
circumcised. After a boy has been circumcised he is called a
krwala which a 'man'. During the initiation ritual
takes the male is called a mkhwetha. The initiation
takes about three months. During this time the mkhwetha lives alone and is expected to
subsist on nature. Today, however a boy brings him food as there are few wild animals to hunt.
No females are allowed near him during this time. The circumcision is carried out
by trained man called ingcibi.
|He has to walk slowly and look down in order not to boast. Even in an emergency he may not hurry.|
|Everyday at dawn he has wash.|
|His face must be painted with a red clay called imbola.|