In the pre-colonial period, the Luo Community of the River-Lake Nilotes had a different form of practicing their passage from childhood to adulthood. This entailed the removal of the six lower teeth. The bearing of the pain was a heroic show that resulted to one being regarded as an adult.
Unlike other communities, the removal of the cutting off of the foreskin in what may be termed as male circumcision was not a practice embraced by the Luo.
As time went by, a discovery was made that the removal of the six lower teeth was not only fatal and painful but also deprived them of their beauty. This practice was abolished leaving the Luo Community with no rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.
However, due to the influence from other communities, the government and public health, a section of the Luo community have taken on male circumcision as a voluntary practice.
The few who practice it do it out of self will without a cultural coercion or obligation.
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