This boy is the thirteenth child of Muko Balguda, the woman in the previous photograph, who killed twelve of her children by Mingi ritual. Today is his day to go through the bull jumping ceremony. He has been segregated off in a blue tarp hut and is naked as the elders take him into the middle of the courtyard. A relative pulls his head back and puts a knife on top—ostensibly to cut his hair. A few simple gifts–few bir, tattered clothing, and a ball cap containing a quart of oily substance–are thrown onto the blanket.Buy This Image
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