Reflections from the field: a girls initiation ceremony in northern Sierra Leone
2005 (English)In: Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 78, no 2, 431-442 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Three years after the official declaration of peace in Sierra Leone people have finally relaxed and now try to reconfigure their lives in a very visibly war-torn surrounding. In this setting, the girl’s initiation, dimusu biriye, becomes not only a ceremony of the making of women, or a social event, but an important post-war event reconfiguring social relations. Also, this event challenges the anthropologist on a more personal level regarding issues of womanhood, bodily integrity and the position as outsider.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 78, no 2, 431-442 p.
Sierra Leone, circumcision, initiation ceremonies, war, post-war
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-75932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-75932DiVA: diva2:103843