"RITES of PASSAGE" among the Pokot include: birth, naming, initiation, marriage and death. Initiation, which is the main rite of passage from childhood to adulthood takes place around the Age of 13 and is for both genders. The boy hence becomes an adult, but has to wait until around the age of 25 years to marry. On the other hand, the girl can get married immediately.
The only difference in the initiation of the two genders is that girls remain at home while boys reside in the bush. This is where these are taught about the rules, regulations and customs of the people for a period of about one month. A big ceremony is held to welcome the initiate boys back to the village.
Boys are taught by adult males who have gone through the same rite. Girls are taught by their mothers and other women. Their teaching aims at enabling them to take up their future role as mothers and wives. They are also taught to respect elders.
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