Photographer: Brent Stirton.  The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best known for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa live far from the modern world, deep in the Transkei region on the country’s Eastern Cape. This picture captures the most important adventure in these boys’ lives – their initiation into manhood, which involves five weeks of isolation

Photographer: Brent Stirton. The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best known for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa live far from the modern world, deep in the Transkei region on the country’s Eastern Cape. This picture captures the most important adventure in these boys’ lives – their initiation into manhood, which involves five weeks of isolation

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Xhosa - i see this word associated with these beautiful black and white dresses, but i don't know what it means yet

Xhosa - i see this word associated with these beautiful black and white dresses, but i don't know what it means yet

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Africa | Xhosa Bride.  Lesedi Cultural Village, Gauteng, South Africa | ©South African Tourism

Africa | Xhosa Bride. Lesedi Cultural Village, Gauteng, South Africa | ©South African Tourism

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Clean lines inspired by Xhosa attire. This is the 'Wild Coast Dawn' extended hoodie by @butanwear [photo credit: @butanwear] #lovelocalprint

Clean lines inspired by Xhosa attire. This is the 'Wild Coast Dawn' extended hoodie by @butanwear [photo credit: @butanwear] #lovelocalprint

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Ii-ntsizwa. Xhosa men - South Africa  We <3 Africa :) Come and Volunteer with us!
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Africa | Mandla Mandela, eldest grandson of former President Nelson Mandela, and his bride Tando Mabunu, marry in traditional Xhosa cultural style at the remote rural Mandela farm. Mthatha, South Africa. 2006 | © Louise Gubb

Africa | Mandla Mandela, eldest grandson of former President Nelson Mandela, and his bride Tando Mabunu, marry in traditional Xhosa cultural style at the remote rural Mandela farm. Mthatha, South Africa. 2006 | © Louise Gubb

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