Brutal initiation ritual where men risk their lives in sacred forest in rite of passage

A boy looks exhausted after dancing and cutting himself (Picture: Diana Bagnoli/Barcroft Images)

It is one of the most closely-guarded initiation rituals in the world, in which young men risk their lives to become adults deep within a sacred forest.

These rare pictures document the Boukout ceremony carried out in a remote village in the Ziguinchor region of Senegal.

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Men can spend up to a month in the forest, testing their endurance and strength, as they take part in the private ceremony.

But preparations last for several days beforehand as people gather to take part… Read the full story

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