Sunday, 29 January 2012

Boys ceremony from our Yolngu family

We were invited by our Yolgnu family to the boys ceremony. We had asked around Maf people and Yolgnu Christians if this was ok. But the best way to find out is to go and find out yourself. We felt quite privelaged and decided to go. They had asked us to bring some bread and soup to share. So we went after church with warm soup and the bread. It was a big happening. The whole week there was clapping on sticks and dancing and the sound of the digeridoos. 4 boys would become a circumcision. The boys were dressed up with a skirt and waiting to be picked up by the dancers.

Brought to a place where they got a painting on their stumich, a story of their family which took 3 hours!! While the Yolgnu man sat around the boys there was entertainment by music(clapsticks and didgeridoo) and singing and and dancing. Telling stories from baby to man.

We were still sitting on the ground on a bamboemat, while the soup got colder and the kids got bored and hungry. We decided to start eating and after that the kids had enough and decided to go home. I had to wait for the boy to finish, because than he could eat, before the real circumcision took place.
Done by the Yolgnu people themselves.
We didn't want to see this part and went home.

it was a privelage to be part of it although we didn't understand it at all. We were really welcome and part of the family.

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