- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Janssen Publishers; 1st edition (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1919901132
- ISBN-13: 978-1919901138
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stef de Klerk: Abafana (Zulu Boys) Paperback – January 1, 2004
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The photographs are well-composed and the colors are faithfully reproduced by the printer who beautifully captures the interaction of the setting sun and the warm skin of the chosen model(s).
The attractive young men of the Xhosa tribe are featured with and without various props, at all times in good taste and proud of their heritage.
I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the physical beauty of the nude black male and encourage you to add it to your own personal library.
If you love art and photography this is your book. If you love black males, this is for you.
The subjects of these photographs, all very natural in outdoor setting that incorporate the vivid scenery of South Africa's Eastern Cape, are members of the Xhosa, 'a South African cultural group with a strong emphasis on traditional practices and customs inherited from their forefathers. Each person within the Xhosa culture has his/her place which is recognised by the entire community. Starting from birth, a Xhosa person goes through graduation stages which seek to recognise his growth and hence assign him a recognisable place in the community. This results in a number of stages that one must go through, each one of which is marked by a specific ritual aimed at introducing the individual to their counterparts and hence to the ancestors. Starting from "imbheleko" which is a ritual performed to introduce a new born to the ancestors to "Umphumo"; from "Indodana" (young elder) to "Ixhego" (elder). These rituals and ceremonies are still practiced today. The "Ulwaluko" and "Intonjane" are also traditions which separated this tribe from the rest of the Nguni tribes. These are performed to recognise the transition from boyhood to manhood. All these rituals are symbolic to one's development. Before these are performed, the individual gets to spend time with elders in the community in a bid to teach them of the "Do's" and "Don'ts" in preparation for the next stage.Read more ›