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Ugandan culture where the circumcision ritual is done publicly

In every 2 years, the Gisu regions of Eastern Uganda come together to celebrate Imbalu, a circumsion ritual where young boys turn into men. Thousands of people, both international and locals gather in Mutoto cultural ground in Eastern Uganda to witness the foreskin cutting celebrations.

During the cutting process, which is done mainly by the local surgeons, it is done in front of elders, friends, parents and relatives. During this process, the boys who are initiated are not supposed to show any sign of fear or trembling. If the boy succeeds in the process, he is regarded as a 'complete man'. He be now capable of marrying, having children and participate in any descsion making process.

When the boys now become men, they are given presents in form of gifts such as cellphones, livestock and money for attaining the manhood status.

The circumsion process is dated back to 200years ago among the Masaba community. The community also takes the name of the individual who was first circumcised in the community Masaba is said to have loved a Kalenjin girl from Kenya. The two communities were neighbours despite the Kalenjin community being in Kenya. The Kalenjin girl by the name Nabarwa refused to marry Masaba because he was not circumcised. Masaba had no option because he was in love with the girl. He was circumcised in a public event at Mutoto. That is why the region is termed as the cultural center where the cutting ritual takes place every 2 years.

Before facing the knife, the initiates have to undergo several trainings. Those who are ready to be circumcised have to make their intentions as early as May to June in order to prepare the ceremony in August. The initiates are covered by mud in caves or marshes before they are sent to the ritual site.

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