Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “The Sacred Woods: A coming-of-age ritual in Ivory Coast | Al Jazeera World” – below is their description.
This award-winning documentary from Ivory Coast follows a group of young men who undergo an ancient coming-of-age ceremony in a remote West African forest.
Their spiritual tutor is struggling to preserve the tradition of the Generation Festival at a time when young local men are increasingly indifferent to these ancestral rituals.
Thanks to his efforts, ancient custom prevails and many young men in their early twenties take part in a gruelling three-week endurance test of physical and mental prowess.Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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