Mbuti boys endure whippings during a puberty ritual ending the manhood ceremony.
Women carry whips to meet the men halfway through the village, and a melee ensures where they beat each other. Women try to control the destiny the child but the men traditionally win, and each boy is paraded through the village for the scarification ritual.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Ituri Forest Pygmy_National Geographic Magazine 9/2005