Witnessing a Rite of Passage: Circumcision Rites Among the Kuria

by Miroslava Prazak
Originally published in the Bennington Alumni Magazine

“In the rolling hills of southwestern Kenya and northwestern Tanzania
live the Kuria people… Circumcision is a central institution in the
lives of the people.”

“…as the risks continued to be publicized, the inevitability of
the practice was increasingly questioned. A new option had emerged for
families to have their daughters circumcised at the Catholic mission by
nurses using safer, more hygienic methods than those of traditional
circumcisors. Some local Seventh Day Adventist churches advocated that
girls not be operated on at all.”

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