Kudja /

“KUDJA means “coming from…” in the Makonde language. It is a traditional ceremony to celebrate the end of the initiation ritual. This ceremony marks the passage from childhood to adulthood. In traditional African societies, the passage from one stage of life to the next is marked with important rituals and ceremonies. Every initiation ceremony involves a ritual isolation of the male and female novices, separating them from the community to prepare for their transformation. To begin their compulsory period of training, they enter a sacred place, often a forest or a specially built ritual house. The training gives them the right to graduate into the next part of their lives and creates a strong sense of personal and communal identity. It is there that they lose their childhood identities and gain their adult selves. The passage of this stage of life in African culture traditions is always celebrated.”