African 210 Exam 1

African 210 Exam 1 - Sikhuluma in "Sikhuluma" and...

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Sikhuluma in “Sikhuluma” and Ngomba in “Ngomba’s Basket” both undergo puberty rites of passage by confronting the negative forces within themselves. In order to fully become adults, they must leave their negative, or childhood sides behind as represented by Sitshalotshalwana and the kidnapper and move towards their positive or adulthood sides as represented by themselves. This journey to adulthood is shown by the pattern of the corpses and also by the building of the basket. In these ways, Sikhuluma and Ngomba are able to move into a new identity. Ngomba’s puberty rite of passage is that of a girl moving into womanhood. She is kidnapped by an ogre who symbolizes her negative and childhood side as well as the beginning of her ordeal stage in her rite of passage as the “swallowing monster” who is swallowing her old identity beginning with the sores she has on her body that the ogre heals as the start of her transformation. The building of the basket represents her journey
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course AFRO AMER 210 taught by Professor Sheub during the Spring '07 term at Wisconsin.

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