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Hemat-Araber (Zentralsudan, Süd-Wadai) - Zirkumzision

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Title Hemat-Araber (Zentralsudan, Süd-Wadai) - Zirkumzision
Alternative Title Hemat Arabs (Central Sudan, South Wadai) - Circumcision
Author Fuchs, Peter
License No Open Access License:
German copyright law applies. This film may be used for your own use but it may not be distributed via the internet or passed on to external parties.
DOI 10.3203/IWF/E-1219
IWF Signature E 1219
Publisher IWF (Göttingen)
Release Date 1968
Language Silent film
Producer Peter Fuchs
Production Year 1963

Technical Metadata

IWF Technical Data Film, 16 mm, 63 m ; F, 6 min

Content Metadata

Subject Area Ethnology, Medicine
Abstract Beschneidung zweier Knaben in zwei Dörfern durch denselben Beschneider. Die Beschneidungen finden öffentlich unter Teilnahme aller Männer und Frauen der Dörfer statt. Nach der Beschneidung tanzen die Frauen.
Among the hemat-arabs boys are circumcised at the age of eight to twelve years, the operation being performed in public, in the presence of all menan women of the village. Before the circumcision, which always takes place early in the morning, the boy washes thoroughly. Then the men and women of the village assemble, gathering aroung thy boy to be circumcised, dressed in a new garment. A man stands behind the boy and holds him. During the circumcision a woman besprinkles the boy with milk. The operation is performed by the oldest man of the lineage. A circular disk has been prepared, carved from a calabash sheard, with a hole cut out in the centre. The boy's foreskin is passed through the hole and underbound with a cotton thread. The circumciser then cuts off the foreskin at one cut. The skin of the penis is now put back and fixed with two long thorns. The mother of the circumcised puts the foreskin cut off on to one of her toes. The film then shows the circumcision of another boy. After the operation two muslim fukaha conjure the wound, spitting after each blessing symbolically on the wound and handling the beads of their chaplets in their fingers. When the circumcision is over, women and girls danc in front of the house where the circumcised boys have retired. The film presents excerpts from the "al beher" and "goshele"-dances.
Keywords Hemat-Araber
Brauchtum / Reifebräuche
Ritus / Rites de passage
Ritus / Initiation
Tanz / Tschad
Tanz / Frauentanz
Rites de passage
Brauchtum / Lebenskreis
custom / circle of life
women's dance
body deformation
rite of passage
dance / women's dance
dance / Chad
rite / initiation
rite / rite of passage
custom / rite of passage
Hemat Arabs

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