Coming of Age
No matter where you are, stepping into manhood is a significant rite of passage. Either through circumcision in your tribe or acceptance into a brotherhood. However, becoming a black man in America can sometimes be denied by the injustices of society and learning the tools to navigate that is critical in continuing to survive.
“Every positive change- every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness involves a rite of passage.”Dan Millman
Several young African boys undergo a circumcision ritual, whereby they are inducted into manhood. Their hands clasp walking staffs, and their faces are painted in bold geometric patterns that frame their eyes. Circumcision ceremonies in many African cultures include secret rituals that unite esteemed society members to induct the new initiates. One of such common ritual is the process of teaching the initiates the norms of the community and accepted behaviors expected of a man.
Amir Leung-Tat, Coming of Age, 2018. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.