Male Circumcision Ceremony, West Africa, 1728

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This record was last updated on 01 Feb 2017

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Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate xlv, facing p. 298; taken from Jean Baptiste Labat, Nouvelle Relation de l'Afrique Occidentale (Paris, 1728), vol. 2, facing p. 280.

Shows procession, including spear-bearing warriors, musicians with drums; also house types. "All the Mohammedan Negroes strictly practice circumcision," a ceremony performed around age of 14 or 15 (see Astley, pp. 298-99 for detailed description).