In the Eastern Cape Xhosa communities, hundreds of Xhosa boys aged between eighteen and twenty-three attend Xhosa circumcision schools for a manhood initiation ritual. After these Xhosa initiates return home from the initiation school, they are guided through a six-month process where their elders teach them manhood protocol. Xhosa initiates are traditionally called Amakrwala during this process.
After this “New” Xhosa men, or Amakrwala, will wear blazers, buttoned up shirts, and hats. Trousers and shoes must be smart. “New” Sotho men, or Makolwane, will wear traditional blankets, hats, and beads.
Photos by Araminta de Clermont