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The Langi: boy child cleansing ceremony. ©UNESCO 2013
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The Langi: boy child cleansing ceremony

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The male-child cleansing ceremony, performed among the Lango people of central northern Uganda, is a healing ritual for a male child believed to have lost his manhood. The child and mother remain in the house for three days, and then undergo a series of rituals involving the family to cleanse the child, promote reconciliation and restore his social status. Many bearers of the ritual are aged, however, and the practice is increasingly performed in secrecy for fear of excommunication.


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Place/country: Uganda
Series: 2014 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
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Credits: Musafiri Suwed, director.
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